People under 55 now don’t have to take a Covid test – but self-isolate, says Varadkar

People under the age of 55 with no underlying medical conditions and showing symptoms of Covid-19 should isolate themselves “for a few days” but do not need to have a PCR or antigen test, according to Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.

r Varadkar has said he does not expect the seven-day isolation period for positive cases to be reduced to five days, but said the government will now encourage people with symptoms to isolate rather than test.

“The advice we’re going to emphasize more and more is that people under 55 who are in good health don’t actually need to take a test.

“What you have to do if you have symptoms is isolate yourself and once your symptoms are gone in a few days you can go back to normal life,” he told reporters at Dublin Zoo.

However, he said people who are over the age of 55 or who have an underlying condition that has symptoms should still get tested.

“But for people over 55 or people with a medical condition, you should get tested and if you test positive, at least for now, it’s seven days of isolation and three days [of taking] Precautions.”

On the advice of the chief medical officer, the government decided against rolling back legislation making masks compulsory at yesterday’s meeting of the Cabinet Health Subcommittee.

Mr Varadkar said reducing the isolation period from seven to five days was “under review” and that Dr. Tony Holohan will be reporting in a few weeks.

“I frankly don’t anticipate a significant change because this is down to the science and the incubation period of the virus is what it is, the infection time is what it is,” he said. People under 55 now don’t have to take a Covid test – but self-isolate, says Varadkar

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