Although the decision to enter in quarantine is relatively easy, there is more controversy regarding criteria to resume usual activities. The CDC suggests a combination of days since diagnosis/contact and absence of fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours. In order to be sure that both requirements are met, the nurse can contact the person (or parents) to check if the initial quarantine end date should be kept, or prolonged, if there is presence of symptoms.
It should be noted that the European counterpart of the CDC, the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) affirms that “Provided that there are sufficient resources, there is a clear benefit in testing asymptomatic patients before they are released from isolation. However, in the context of limited resources for healthcare and laboratories during the COVID-19 epidemic, the testing of symptomatic persons should have priority over the testing of asymptomatic patients before release from isolation.” The more complex strategy to end a quarantine, it is more important to have a system in place.
Our quarantine monitoring module allows:
a) Control of Quarantine End Date: registering contacts with those about to end their quarantine period, and changing the quarantine end date if necessary.
b) Control of people in quarantine who are on campus, in violation of the quarantine policy.
c) History of quarantine which may inform possible immunity when the quarantine was recent and caused the formation of antibodies.