Why the WHO chief, in quarantine, does not get tested

In contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus strictly applies the recommendations of the World Health Organization he heads.

On November 1, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced that he had been in contact with a person positive for Covid-19 and that in this capacity he was isolating himself for fourteen days and would continue to work from home.

But, perhaps counter-intuitively, Quartz notes, Dr. Tedros (as he is commonly known) was not immediately tested. " This is because the WHO protocol does not require him to be, unless he is showing symptoms. On the other hand, “WHO recommends that all people who have been in contact with a confirmed or probable case of Covid-19 be placed in quarantine in a designated facility or at home for fourteen days from the time they were exposed. for the last time."

“The median is five days for the [virus responsible for Covid-19] Sars-CoV-2 to make its presence known in the body, writes Katherine Ellen Foley, journalist specializing in science and health, in another Quartz article. , sometimes it can take up to two weeks. If a person were to take a Covid-19 test too soon after being exposed, they would get a false negative. ”

There is therefore a risk that the virus will not be detected in a person tested too early. She would then continue to leave her home, to be in contact with others, thus spreading the virus despite herself.

For his part, Dr. Tedros will strictly follow the recommendations of the organization he heads: isolate himself for fourteen days, monitor his symptoms, seek medical assistance if he begins to feel unwell. After two weeks without seeing anyone and without any symptoms, whether or not he has had a test, "he will be able to return to the world safely without the risk of spreading the disease unknowingly," writes Quartz.

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