When is it safe again to be near someone who has had COVID-19? This is a question that is on everyone's mind today. Like other infectious diseases, recovery time can vary from person to person. According to a section of healthcare experts, after about ten days from testing positive is a safe period provided there are no persisting symptoms like fever, breathlessness etc."Those who have had COVID-19 and had symptoms can be around other people atleast 10 days after the onset of symptoms. But they should have passed atleast 24 hours without fever without the use of fever-reducing medications," says Shobhasmita Borthakur a doctor from Jorhat.
A COVID recovered patient should ideally maintain a 6 feet distance with everyone outside their home.People who have an impaired immune system should talk to their doctor about whether they need to stay isolated for more than 10 days. People in this category can be around others after receiving two consecutive negative test results at least 24 hours apart.Experts say that recovery of COVID is complex and it doesn't necessarily mean a person feels completely well."The symptoms can last for quite some time so it's not complete recovery. It is actually resolution of fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) along with progressive improvement or resolution of other symptoms," explains Dr Borthakur. Moreover like many other infectious diseases, some people recover very quickly and aren't infectious to others and then in others the viral replication might linger on.
Even if a person has recovered from COVID-19, experts advise that he/she should still be 'extra cautious' when venturing outside of their home.Although there have been reports of some people developing COVID-19 twice, experts say it's likely that if you are infected with the illness you are immune for a period of time."COVID recovered patients should refrain from making house visits. The virus spreads more easily when people are in close contact for an extended period of time, especially in the indoors," opined another healthcare expert. A COVID recovered patient should ideally maintain a 6 feet distance with everyone outside their home. At home too, a 4 feet distance is mandatory atleast for a month. Physical contact like hugging or kissing or sharing utensils with family and friends is a red flag area and must be strictly avoided.