Instead, the “Austrian model” should be implemented, the health ministers of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Schleswig-Holstein want. Instead of isolation, a ten-day “traffic restriction” comes into force.
With a possible autumn wave of crowns, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Schleswig-Holstein require the isolation requirement to be re-evaluated and at best eliminated. The current rule is that infected people should isolate themselves at home for five days. In a letter to Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD), which Süddeutsche Zeitung available, Bavarian Health Minister Klaus Holeczek (CSU), his colleagues from Hesse and Baden-Württemberg, Kai Klose and Manfred Lucha (both Greens), and Schleswig-Holstein Health Minister Kerstin von der Dekken (CDU) are now promoting; A similar model in Austria, where the isolation obligation was abolished last August and replaced by a ten-day “traffic restriction”.
Austrian rules state that people with a positive result of the coronavirus test are allowed to move in public places if they wear an FFP2 mask, including at work. It is also prohibited for those infected to enter, for example, hospitals, care facilities, kindergartens or schools. After five days, it is possible to test with a PCR test free of “traffic restriction”. “The end of the isolation obligation has not led to a corresponding increase in reported cases in Austria,” state ministers said in a letter to Lauterbach. Therefore, the person sees “an urgent need to reassess the need and duration of isolation of people infected with corona.”
The ministers referred to the “high basic immunity of the population”.
The Ministry of Health of Austria justified the end of the obligation of isolation with the psychological and social consequences of the coronavirus epidemic. In their letter, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Schleswig-Holstein claim that there is now “a high level of basic immunity in the population”. People’s behavior can now be “given more responsibility to citizens”. However, four state ministers are also in favor of continuing to advise those with symptoms to stay at home.
In addition to Austria, other countries, including Denmark, Great Britain, Spain and Switzerland, have lifted the obligation to isolate. In Germany, there have been recent demands, especially during the discussion of the new law on the protection of infections recently adopted by the Bundestag. The FDP, in particular, advocated the abolition of the isolation obligation. But the five-day isolation order is still in effect. In addition, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recommends leaving home only after five days if the rapid antigen test is negative. On the other hand, there are no more quarantine regulations for contact persons of infected people, only one recommendation: to reduce contacts especially with risk groups.