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A The pilot program that allows contacts of people who test positive for the coronavirus to perform essential activities and not self-isolate was at the center of a furious political row on Sunday.
Here we are reviewing the program in the hope of helping to avoid the so called “pingemia”.
What is the new diet?
The workplace pilot program will assess the effectiveness of daily contact tracing for those who have been in contact with people who test positive for the coronavirus.
The study is being led by Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace, according to the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC).
Why is it carried out?
It is hoped that the program will provide evidence to help reduce the length of time that contacts of people with Covid-positive must self-isolate.
DHSC said reducing periods of self-isolation would prevent people from taking time off work and doing daily activities, helping to reopen the economy and society.
How it works?
Close contacts of people with Covid-19 will be contacted by phone and will receive the equivalent of seven days of lateral flow testing, the DHSC said.
All contacts will need to be tested every morning for seven days.
Those who do not develop any symptoms and also test negative will be exempt from self-isolation that day and will be able to leave their homes to perform essential activities, but will still need to have another test the next day to verify. ‘they remain exempt.
Who is involved in the workplace pilot?
The program is piloted with a variety of selected organizations from the private and public sectors.
Currently, 20 organizations are involved, including Network Rail, TFL, Heathrow and Border Force and Downing Street.
Can anyone apply to be involved?
DHSC said no other organization would be invited to participate in the program until more data from the preliminary trials is returned.