Healthcare workers in Malaysia will no longer be required to isolate themselves on being identified as close contacts!
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Malaysia HCW Close Contacts No Longer Required To Isolate!
On 17 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin announced a change in the Close Contact policy for healthcare workers in Malaysia.
Due to the Omicron surge occurring now, many people are being identified as a close contact of COVID-19 patients every day. This causes huge disruptions to the economy and management of human resources.
The Malaysia Ministry of Health has now issued a circular, introducing a new protocol for healthcare workers.
Healthcare workers in Malaysia will no longer be required to isolate once they are identified as a close contact, if they are not symptomatic. Instead, they will undergo COVID-19 tests on certain days.
This new protocol will apply to healthcare workers in both public and private sectors. If it works well, it may eventually be implemented for everyone else in Malaysia.
Why Are HCW Close Contacts No Longer Required To Isolate?
The current self-quarantine period for fully-vaccinated healthcare workers are 5-7 days, depending on whether they received their booster dose.
As it is very easy to become a close contact during this Omicron wave, too many healthcare workers will end up in isolation and detrimentally affect the healthcare system’s ability to handle the surge of patients.
The new protocol will ensure that healthcare workers are not unnecessarily stuck in self-isolation, simply because they come into close contact with a COVID-19 patient.
For those on the frontline – that is literally what they do every day – come into close contact with COVID-19 patients that they treat.
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