Experts want Covid’s isolation period reduced and mass testing halted by Easter

This is because data show that the risk of dying from the virus has dropped, thanks to vaccines, natural immunity and the milder Omicron variant.

The death risk for 70-plus people has been reduced fourfold compared to a year ago, was found.

‘It is like a professor Paul Hunter, an expert in infectious diseases at the University of East Anglia, said:’ There is no doubt that the disease we are seeing now is less severe than at the beginning.

“We are seeing a big shift to Covid to become the common cold, due to a variety of factors, including pre-infection and vaccines.

“There’s a point where we need to ask why we test and isolate people who just have a common cold.

“We can bring our isolation requirements to five days after a positive test – after five days there is no real advantage in isolating people.

“Unless things get worse than expected, we can end mass tests against Easter and do tests only in hospitals.

“We must also stop mass testing of healthy children without symptoms. The harm to education by isolating healthy children if they test positive is now greater than all the benefits to those children and we can not continue.”

Professor Anthony Brookes, an expert in health data at the University of Leicester, helped compile the research based on Office for National Statistics, Government and NHS reports.

He said Covid was no longer a major threat to “the vast majority of people”.

Prof Brookes added: “In January 2022 we will not be in the same place as in January 2021. Infected people are less likely to become seriously ill or die.”

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