May 26, 2022 4:37 pm

One by one: the new criteria to define a positive case of Covid-19 without testing

After a new meeting of the Federal Health Council (Cofesa) between Carla Vizzotti, Minister of Health of the Nation, and her provincial peers, the new way to confirm positive cases was announced of coronavirus based on clinical and epidemiological criteria without the need for testing.

Within the framework of a new virtual meeting of Cofesa, Vizzotti and his peers from the 24 jurisdictions of the country agreed, based on the epidemiological situation and the progress of the vaccination plan against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a new definition for the confirmation of Covid-19 cases.

“This meeting is key to be able to review the epidemiological situation and carry out the joint analysis of this third wave with a predominance of the omicron variant,” said Vizzotti, and highlighted the importance of establishing a new definition for the confirmation of Covid-19 cases by clinical and epidemiological criteria, taking into account that “This wave has a very different dynamic and requires us to make decisions in a timely manner, always bearing in mind that each jurisdiction can adapt the criteria according to its epidemiological situation.”

After the meeting, which lasted just over an hour and where the return to school was also discussed, The new definition was released to classify as a confirmed case any person who meets at least one of the epidemiological criteria and one of the established clinical criteria.

The epidemiological criteria to be taken into account will be:

While the clinical criteria are:

That is, if a person was in contact with a positive case in the last 10 days and then has a fever and cough, or loses taste/smell, is considered a positive case without needing to be tested and You must report the situation to the local health system or through the APP Cuidar.

The same would happen in the event that a person has participated in a social event where there was an outbreak of cases and then has a sore throat and muscle. In that case, it would not be necessary to swab, since it is considered a positive case.

One of the ministers present at the meeting added to LA NACION: “The new criteria for clinical epidemiological diagnosis in Covid were also discussed. Which is already being applied. It is to prioritize positivity by epidemiological link and focus testing on people over 60 years of age, pregnant women, health personnel and those under 60 with comorbidities”.

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