Informatiebrief huisgenoten - Engels

Information letter with illustrations to accompany the LCI COVID-19 guidelines | Version of 5 January 2021 (for version management see Overview of information letters)

1. following positive test | 2. housemates | 3. close contacts | 4. other contacts
Nederlands (eenvoudige taal met afbeeldingen):
1. positief getest persoon | 2. huisgenoten | 3. nauwe contacten | 4. overige contacten

Letter for housemates of someone with coronavirus


Dear Sir/Madam,

We are sending you this letter because you live with someone who has coronavirus.
Please read this letter carefully.
This letter details the rules you have to keep to.

Your housemate may have infected you with coronavirus and you may then be infectious to other people, even if you currently have no symptoms. For that reason, you must stay at home for 10 days. We refer to this as quarantine.

Keep at least 1.5 metres away from your housemate who has tested positive as long as s/he is infectious. Your housemate will be infectious as long as s/he has symptoms and for at least 7 days after the symptoms start. You should consult with the municipal health services (GGD) about how infectious they are if the person in question is sick for longer than 7 days. If your housemate has tested positive and does not have any symptoms, s/he will be infectious until 5 days after the test.


  • If you are able to stay 1.5 metres away from your housemate who has tested positive, you must quarantine for 10 days.
  • If you are unable to stay 1.5 metres away, you must quarantine for up to day 10 after your housemate is no longer infectious.


You can get a test on or after day 5 following the day you last had close contact with the person with coronavirus. You should make an appointment by calling 0800-2035. If the test result is negative, you will not have to stay at home any longer. Make sure you do not have any contact with old or sick people for 10 days. If you work in the care sector, you should consult with your employer.

If you experience symptoms before or after the test appointment, or if your symptoms worsen, you should call the municipal health service. The municipal health service will assess whether you can take a (new) coronavirus test.

If you have any questions, please call your local municipal health service or visit the Coronavirus COVID-19 web page at If you need help with having to quarantine at home due to coronavirus, please study the help and assistance when quarantining at home brochure at


Rules in the event you live with someone with coronavirus

The person who shares your home and who has coronavirus will receive a separate letter with information. All the people who share your household (including children) must observe the rules. This will prevent the virus from spreading any further and infecting other people.

Stay at home and do not receive any visitors

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  • You are not allowed to go outside, to school, or to work.
  • Arrange for other people to do your shopping for you.
  • If that is impossible, you are allowed to leave the house briefly to do your shopping. You can only do so if you are not exhibiting symptoms. Keep 1.5 metres away from other people and do not touch anyone.
  • You can sit in your garden or on your balcony.
  • You are not allowed to receive visitors, except to provide medical care (for example a GP, or someone from the municipal health service).
  • The only people who are allowed to be with you in your home are the people you live with.

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  • If you need medical assistance for problems other than coronavirus, do not go to your GP's office or to hospital, but telephone your GP first instead. Tell your doctor that you are having to stay at home due to coronavirus.
  • Stay at home if you yourself have symptoms. you should telephone the municipal health service.
  • When you are allowed to leave your home again, you should observe the general coronavirus rules. For more information, please visit

Be alert to symptoms

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  • If you experience symptoms which appear to be of coronavirus, you should telephone the municipal health service. If necessary you will be given a coronavirus test.
  • You may experience the following symptoms if you have coronavirus:
    • cold-like symptoms (nasal congestion, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat);
    • coughing;
    • a sudden loss of smell and taste;
    • difficulty breathing;
    • a raised temperature or a fever of more than 38 degrees.
  • If you are seriously ill and need medical assistance, do not go to your GP's office or to hospital, but telephone your GP immediately.

Someone from the municipal health service may call you to find out how you are doing.

  • If you think you have a fever, you should take your temperature using a thermometer. You can do so by inserting the thermometer into your anus (bottom) or your ear. You will have a fever if your temperature is 38 degrees or higher.
  • If there are children living with you, check every day whether they have any symptoms.

How should I interact with the person who has coronavirus?

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  • Sleep separately from each other, in a different room if possible.
  • Try to avoid the infected person's room as much as possible.
  • You should stay away from your housemates as much as possible.
  • You must stay at least 1.5 metres away from the person who has coronavirus. That means no hugging, no kissing, and no sex.
  • If you are close to the person with coronavirus for more than 15 minutes, you will have to stay at home for another 10 days.
  • Do not use the same utensils, plates, cups and glasses as the infected person.
  • Do not use the same toothbrush as the infected person.
  • Use a different toilet and bathroom than your housemates if possible.
  • Clean the bathroom and toilet every day.

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  • Also clean taps, light switches and doorknobs. Then, wash your hands with water and soap.
  • Open a window in the rooms you have been in for 30 minutes a couple of times a day. This will allow fresh air in.

Cough or sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands


  • Regularly wash your hands with water and soap. You should always do so:
    • after coughing and sneezing;
    • after you have been to the lavatory;
    • after cleaning and clearing up;
    • before cooking and eating.



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  • Please use a paper tissue if you have a cough.
  • If you do not have a paper tissue to hand, please sneeze into your elbow.
  • Only use a tissue once and then dispose of it in a waste bin. Wash your hands afterwards.

Make sure your home is clean


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  • Every day you should clean items you use frequently, such as the flush, doorknobs and light switches.
  • Clean using ordinary cleaning agents.
  • Put the cleaning cloth in the wash straight away after use. Wash the cleaning cloth at 40 degrees or more.
  • Then, wash your hands with water and soap.

Make sure things are clean

  • Make sure that other people do not come into contact with your faeces, spit, snot, sweat and urine.
  • Keep the dirty washing of the person with coronavirus in a separate washing basket.
  • Do the washing at 40 degrees or more.
  • Use a full-length washing programme and normal detergent.
  • Use a full-length programme to do the washing up in a dishwasher.
  • If you do not have a dishwasher, do the washing up for the person with coronavirus separately from other washing up, using washing-up liquid and hot water.
  • Arrange for the person with coronavirus to put his/her rubbish in a separate rubbish bag which they should then keep in their room. This bag can be thrown away with normal waste in the (black) bin.