Recovery from COVID Infection for racing participants.
With increased rates of infection to the COVID19, and recent changes to the government’s isolation requirements, the following is provided as a current guide.
Further information can be found via this link which includes a tool to calculate when a person’s 7-day isolation period will end.
It is important to reduce the spread of the virus that isolation periods are properly observed. In this circumstance, it should be possible in most cases for people to arrange other people to care for or work horses that are kept or worked at public training centres. People who are infected or are household contacts must not attend a race or trial meeting during their isolation period.
In terms of ending a self-isolation period, it is important to note:
If the person is still sick, they must stay home until are well and for 24 hours after symptoms resolve; and
A person who has had the virus does not need a negative test to leave isolation. If a test is undertaken at 7 days, the result would likely show as positive but that does not mean that the person is infectious.
Finally and importantly, people who have cold or flu symptoms also must not attend a race or trial meeting.
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