ECDC guidance on discharging and ending isolation of COVID-19 infected individuals

16 October, 2020

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has released guidance on discharging and ending isolation of individuals affected by COVID-19.

COVID-19 patients can be discharged as long as the following are taken into account:

  • clinical resolution of symptoms
  • amount of time since onset of symptoms
  • severity of disease
  • immune status, and
  • evidence of clearance of viral RNA from the upper respiratory tract.

Those patients who are severely ill and need to be discharged from hospital before the criteria are met and without a negative RT-PCR test must self-isolate at home for at least 14 days and up to 20 days from the onset of symptoms. For immunocompromised cases, two consecutive negative RT-PCR test results within a 24-hour period are recommended to end their isolation.

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