General Practitioners to Perform Tests for the Presence of Antibodies to Bring an End to Quarantine

General practitioners will end quarantine imposed on people after a test for the presence of antibodies gives a negative result. This will be put into practice through an extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health that comes into effect on 22 April 2020. The extraordinary measure is issued in accordance with requests from regions responsible for managing and providing healthcare services in their territory, and is also in accordance with the position of the Central Crisis Staff.

It continues to be the case that quarantine can end no sooner than 14 days after the first day on which it was imposed. At the same time, a person must not have any COVID-19 symptoms, such as a temperature higher than 37.0°C, a cough, shortness of breath, digestive problems or a cold, unless such symptoms can be explained as being from a different illness.
Now, general practitioners will perform a blood test – using a RAPID test – on people who have been placed in quarantine to ascertain the presence of antibodies, no earlier than 14 days after such person was placed in quarantine. Quarantine can be ended in the event of a negative test result for the presence of IgM and/or IgG class antibodies, or a positive antibody response and subsequent negative examination for the presence of the virus (using the PCR test).
“We want people to return from mandatory quarantine to normal life as fast as possible yet also be certain that they are negative.The use of the RAPID test by general practitioners means the ending of mandatory quarantine will be much faster and the whole process will be much more comfortable for citizens.It will also be safer for the whole of society because quarantine will not be ended for somebody who is a silent carrier.For citizens, testing will also enable their problem-free reintegration into society without potential stigmatisation.I would like to thank the doctors for their co-operation,” said Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch.
For people who do not have a registering provider in the field of general practical medicine or paediatric medicine, regional public health stations are ordered to ensure compliance with the set conditions for people in quarantine. Alternatively, regional public health stations can designate healthcare services providers who will terminate the quarantine based on local competence.
Healthcare services providers in the field of general practical medicine and paediatric medicine who collect samples and examine patients for the presence of coronavirus using a RAPID test will record the data and the test result electronically in the National Healthcare Information System.
General practitioners or regional public health stations will also advise people whose quarantine ends of the need to continue to monitor their medical condition and to comply with the basic public health rules.

The full text of the extraordinary measure is available here.