Change to reinfection period

08 Jul 2022

The Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants are now being seen as the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Tasmania and Australia wide. These variants are more transmissible and have more chance of immune escape.

Because of this, we are likely to see increased numbers of reinfections among those who have previously had COVID-19.

Given reinfections with the BA.4/BA.5 variants may occur as early as 28 days after recovery from a previous COVID-19 infection, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has advised that the reinfection period has been reduced from 12 weeks to 28 days.

People who have symptoms of COVID-19 more than 28 days following their release from isolation should stay at home, test and, isolate for at least 7 days if they test positive.

Read the AHPPC statement.