From July 22th, 2022, the waiting period for close contacts in the novel coronavirus has been shortened.
Waiting period for close contacts
- The waiting period is 5 days, and will be released on the 6th day.
- If a negative test is confirmed in two consecutive days, it can be released on the third day at the shortest counting from the day after the last contact.
More information on waiting periods for close contacts
- The waiting period for close contacts is 5 days (released on the 6th day), whichever is later, the date of onset of an infected person in the same household (or the date of specimen collection if the infected person in the same household is asymptomatic (asymptomatic carrier)) or the day on which infection control measures are taken in the residence due to the onset of an infected person in the same household (*1).
- If a negative result is confirmed in a test (*2) using an antigen qualitative test kit on the second and third day, it is possible to be released from the third day regardless of whether or not the person is a social function maintainer (in this case, it is not necessary to check with the public health center individually to determine whether the release is made or not).
- In any of the above cases, until seven days have passed, please check your health condition by yourself, such as by taking your temperature, and avoid contact with people who are at high risk of becoming seriously ill if infected, such as the elderly or those with underlying medical conditions (hereinafter referred to as "high-risk persons"). In addition, we ask that you take infection control measures, such as avoiding unnecessary visits to facilities for the elderly and persons with disabilities and medical institutions where many high-risk persons are admitted or hospitalized, use of places with high infection risk, and meals together, and wearing a mask.
*1 However, if another person living in the same household develops the disease, the day of onset (or the day of specimen collection if the other person living in the same household is asymptomatic) shall be counted as day 0. If the infected person was asymptomatic at the time of diagnosis and subsequently developed the disease, the day of onset shall be counted as day 0.
*2 Antigen qualitative test kits must be self-funded and must be ones that have a pharmaceutical approval.
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