WHO still recommends 14-day quarantine for Covid patients

The WHO official told journalists that it was possible to be infected by both influenza and Covid. However, since the two are separate viruses that attack the body in different ways, there is little risk of them combining into a new virus.Although most people recover from Covid-19 within five to seven days of the onset of symptoms, the World Health Organisation (WHO) still recommends a 14-day quarantine, an official from the organisation said at a press briefing.

However, states must make decisions about the duration of quarantine based on their individual situations, Xinhua news agency reported citing Abdi Mahamud from WHO's Covid Incident Management Support Team. 

In countries with low infections, a longer quarantine time could help keep case numbers as low as possible, he explained. In places with runaway cases, however, shorter quarantines may be justified in order to keep the countries running, he added.