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COVID-19: Being positive after 7 days of quarantine

18 October 2022 · 12 mins read

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Find out more about what you need to know if you are still testing positive for COVID-19 after 7 days of quarantine.

The infectious period of COVID-19 begins 2 to 3 days before symptoms develop and reaches the peak 1 day before the onset of symptoms.

Quarantine period for COVID-19 positive cases

COVID-19 positive cases are required to quarantine for 7 days from the day they are tested positive, regardless of vaccination status.

Learn more about what you need to know if you are still testing positive for COVID-19 after 7 days of quarantine.

Why are my test results still positive after 7 days of quarantine?

Starting 1 May 2022 onwards, COVID-19 positive cases may be released from quarantine earlier if they test negative on Day 4 through a supervised RTK-Ag test and are symptom-free.

After a person recovers from COVID-19, the test results may be positive as the virus will still be present in the body in lower concentrations for a period of 3 months after illness onset. Replication-competent virus has not been reliably isolated from these patients, and it is highly unlikely they are infectious. 

The rt-PCR test is extremely sensitive at detecting the presence of the virus proteins. Hence, the results of COVID-19 rt-PCR tests for many patients who have recovered remained positive for 3 months.

Does a COVID-19 positive patient still have to be isolated from his or her family after 7 days of quarantine?

Continue isolating the patient if there are symptoms such as

  • Coughing
  • Flu
  • Fever
  • Sore throat

Is it possible if I still remain infectious after 7 days of quarantine?

The infectivity decreases to a very low level after 7 days.

COVID-19 positive cases are allowed to end quarantine earlier if the supervised RTK-Ag test result on Day 4 is negative. The test can be done at the nearest health facility or virtually.

Make an appointment at Gleneagles Hospitals

Please consult your doctor for more information on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines.

To make an appointment for health screening, please contact the health screening centre at the Gleneagles Hospital nearest to you.

References

  1. https://covid-19.moh.gov.my/reopeningsafely/semasa/2022/04/prosedur-ujian-dan-pelepasan-untuk-kes-positif-covid-19-mulai-1-mei-2022
  2. https://covid-19.moh.gov.my/terkini/062020/situasi-terkini-12-jun-2020/Kenyataan%20Akhbar%20KPK%20COVID-19%20(12%20Jun%202020)%20-%20EN.pdf
  3. https://covid-19.moh.gov.my/garis-panduan/garis-panduan-kkm/ANNEX-2-Management-of-Suspected-Probable-and-Confirmed-COVID19-23022022.pdf
  4. https://covidprotocol.moh.gov.my/en/kes-positif/

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