The federal government has reduced the time that workers infected by Covid-19 must be away from work activities. The updated norm provides for seven to ten days of isolation – before the time of removal was 14 days. Joint Ordinance of the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Health was published in the DOU (Official Union Gazette) this Tuesday (25).

The new rules follow the guidance released by Health on January 10 , which recommended isolation of five days for asymptomatic people and ten days for people with symptoms.

According to the text, companies can reduce the time off work for workers who have been without fever for 24 hours, without the use of antipyretic medication and with remission of respiratory signs and symptoms, from ten to seven days.

“The organization must consider as the first day of isolation of a confirmed case the day following the day of the onset of symptoms or the collection of the test by molecular method (RT-PCR or RT-Lamp) or the antigen test”, says the ordinance.

The document also makes the work model more flexible for people over 60 years old. Now, it is up to the employer to decide whether these employees should work face-to-face or from home. If the face-to-face model is chosen, the company will be responsible for providing employees with surgical or PFF2 masks.

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