UK – UKHSA estimates one in seven still infectious after five day COVID-19 isolation

Under current guidelines, individuals that test positive for COVID-19 may be able to leave self-isolation after 7 days if certain conditions are met.

One in seven people who have tested positive for COVID-19 could still be infectious, if released from isolation upon receiving a negative lateral flow device (LFD) result after five days, new data suggests.

Presently, individuals self-isolating in the UK are allowed to leave on day seven, provided they have tested negative on two lateral flow tests in the past 24 hours, and do not have a fever. However, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated that he is in favour of further reducing the quarantine time to five days, if backed by scientific evidence…