While he insisted on the importance of longer self-isolation, due to contacts likely to develop symptoms later or not at all, he explained why he was not completely against the smaller amount. .
He revealed that it could be seen as a “trade-off” to encourage more people to self-isolate properly, after the results suggested that only 11 percent of contacts did.
The NHS Test and Trace system and the British public’s compliance with the rules have raised concerns.
Now, speaking to hosts Adil Ray and Charlotte Hawkins, Hilary suggested that while it would be shorter, it might encourage people to follow the rules more.
He said: “In an ideal world, people will self-isolate for 14 days, because some people’s incubation periods are a bit longer and symptoms can occur after 10 days. It will be a compromise. ”
Hilary then said SAGE was looking to determine whether reducing the period to seven to 10 days would encourage much more to comply, after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.
He said: “Currently we know that around 11% of people self-isolate well, which means that it is insufficient to control the spread of the virus.
“If we want to isolate ourselves, it has to be done right.
“Reducing it to seven to ten days would be a compromise, but what we know from most surveys is that it is likely that most people would develop symptoms during this time, and if they did develop symptoms. , they would remain self-isolated longer. ”
Dr Hilary suggested that “it would be worth it” if it made a difference and encouraged people to follow the rules.
He continued, “For a lot of people, 14 days is a very long time. Seven days is doable.
“It’s my feeling and I’m not basing it on any evidence or science, but people can take a week off without too much difficulty, but 14 days seems like exercise for many. ”
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