The quarantine period for contacts with COVID patients has been reduced to seven days from the date of the last contact with the patient. The relevant resolution of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation No. 2 “On Amendments to the Sanitary and Epidemiological Rules SP 3.1.3597-20 “Prevention of a Novel Coronavirus Infection (COVID-19)” was published on January 25 and comes into force today, the Rospotrebnadzor report says.
As clarified by the department, the new rules apply, among other things, to those whom Rospotrebnadzor has issued an order before January 26. For them, regardless of the quarantine expiration date, the prescription expires seven days from the date of issue. The sick leave, in this case, will now be issued for seven days from the moment of the last contact.
“If a citizen, as contact with patients with COVID-19, was issued a sick leave, and the opening date falls on the period from January 15 to January 21, inclusive, it will automatically close on January 27. This will allow residents to prepare for an earlier return to work from January 28. If the sick leave were issued after January 21, it would be closed on the 7th day,” the experts explained and reminded that quarantine sick leave is always closed remotely without coming to the clinic or a doctor’s visit and is automatically sent to the employer.
The press service of Rospotrebnadzor also added that the decision to reduce the quarantine for contact with a sick coronavirus also applies to those classes of schools and groups of kindergartens in which quarantine has been established earlier and has already lasted seven or more days.