Informatiebrief huisgenoten - Engels

Information for housemates of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19

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Please note! This information is important for you if you are a housemates of a person who has tested positive for corona

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

You have received this letter because you are a housemate of someone with corona.

It is important for you to first determine whether you are protected against corona or not. The answer to this question actually determines whether you have to go into quarantine and which rules apply to you.

When am I protected?

  • At least 14 days ago, you were given a second vaccination with the AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
  • At least 14 days ago, you were given a single vaccination with the Janssen vaccine.
  • At least 14 days ago, you were given a vaccination with one of the vaccines used in the Netherlands and, before that, you had corona.
  • You had corona less than 6 months ago, for example at a test location of the municipal health service (GGD) (not with a self-test).

 

If you are protected against corona, then you should read section A. If you are not protected against corona, you should read section B. Are you not sure whether you are protected or not? Then you should first contact the municipal health service (GGD).

A. I am protected. What should I do?

You are protected against corona and therefore do not have to go into quarantine. The likelihood of your becoming sick is small, but you can still be infectious even if you have no symptoms. It is therefore important that you have yourself tested 5 days after you hear that your housemate has corona. Make an appointment for a test at the municipal health service (GGD) by calling 0800-2035.

Health problems

It is also important for you to closely monitor your health. If you develop any symptoms associated with corona, such as:

  • cold-like symptoms (nasal congestion, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat)
  • coughing
  • tightness of the chest or shortness of breath
  • a temperature or fever 
  • sudden loss of smell and/or taste

Then you should immediately make an appointment for a test at the municipal health service (GGD) by calling 0800-2035. Do so also if you have previously tested negative or if you develop health problems again. If you have any symptoms never do a self-test.

Minimise your contacts

As long as someone living in your house is still infectious and for another period of 10 days after that is no longer the case, you should:

  • maintain a distance of at least 1.5 m from persons outside your household;
  • avoid contact with vulnerable persons;
  • avoid busy places where you can't keep distance.

B. I am not protected. What should I do?

As you are not yet protected against corona and can therefore become sick, you must immediately go into home quarantaine. This also applies to children who are part of your household.

By staying at home, you minimise the likelihood of infecting others in case it turns out that you do have corona. The appendix contains the daily rules of behaviour for quarantine. If you need assistance when you are in quarantine, then read this folder containing additional explanations and tips.

If you become seriously ill and need medical assistance during your quarantine, you should immediately call your general practitioner and explain that you are a housemate of someone with corona.

Testing

Have yourself tested immediately after hearing that your housemate has corona. Getting tested as quickly as possible will enable us to detect the coronavirus quickly and halt the spread of the virus. Make an appointment for a test at the municipal health service (GGD) by calling 0800-2035.

  • If the test result is positive, then you have corona. You should then immediately go into quarantineThe Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) will then contact you to discuss the matter.
  • If the test result is negative, then the coronavirus was not (yet) detected. In that case, you must still remain in quarantine, as you could still be infected and become ill. Therefore, you should have yourself tested once again at the GGD 5 days after your last contact with your housemate who has corona. This is to determine whether you may end your quarantine. If the test result is negative, then you may end the quarantine.

How long does the period of quarantine last?

The duration of the quarantine period is not the same for everyone. The following rules apply to the most common situations:

  • Your housemate with corona is quarantining at home and remains in his or her own room. You and your housemate do not have any contact.

You then need to go into quarantine for a period of 10 days. The period of 10 days starts on the day of your last contact with your housemate who has corona. If the test result on day 5 is negative, then you may end the quarantine.

  • Your housemate with corona cannot quarantine in his or her own room. You and your housemates share the same room/rooms and are in close contact with each other.

You then need to go into quarantine as soon as you hear that your housemate has corona. You must quarantine for 10 additional days starting from the moment that your housemate is no longer infectious. If the test result on day 5 is negative, then you may end the quarantine. 

How long will my housemate with corona remain infectious?

Your housemate will be infectious as long as he/she has symptoms and for at least 7 days after the symptoms start. If, after those 7 days, your housemate has not had any symptoms for a period of 24 hours, then your housemate can no longer infect you or others. You should consult with the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) about how infectious your housemate is if he or she is ill for longer than 7 days.

If your housemate had no symptoms when tested and also did not develop any symptoms afterwards, then we assume that your housemate is infectious up to and including 5 days after the test. Discuss this with the GGD as well.

Follow the general guidelines in force in the Netherlands for matters such as going to school or working. If you work in healthcare, then consult with your employer as to whether and when you may go back to work again. For more information, also go to RIVM.nl and Rijksoverheid.nl.

Appendix: Rules of daily behaviour for quarantine.

Rules of daily behaviour during the time that you are quarantining.

It is important to follow these rules of behaviour. By doing so, you help to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further and infecting other persons around you.

1. You have corona and are going into quarantine. The following rules of behaviour apply during the period that you are in home quarantine.

Going into home quarantine means that you remain in your own room and also sleep there. Your housemates do not enter your room. You therefore have no contact with your housemates.

  • You are not allowed to go outside, to school, the shops, or to work.
  • Have others do your shopping for you or have everything delivered to your home.
  • You can sit in your garden or on your balcony.
  • You are not allowed to receive visitors, except for medical reasons (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. You have no contact with your housemates. So no hugging, kissing or having sex.
  • Stay in your own room and also sleep there by yourself. Open the window in your room three times a day for periods of 15 minutes each to allow fresh air to come in.
  • If possible, use a separate toilet and bathroom for yourself. Clean it every day.
  • Use your own towels and your own toothbrush.
  • Put your laundry into a separate laundry basket. Launder it separately using a complete cycle at a minimum of 40° centigrade.
  • Use your own separate cutlery, plates, cups and glasses.
  • Wash your dishes separately, using washing-up liquid and hot water, or in the dishwasher on an extensive cleaning cycle.
  • Dispose of your waste in a separate waste bag in your own room. The waste bag can be disposed of together with the residual waste.
  • If you have a pet dog or cat, then please read the recommendations on RIVM’s Pets and Covid-19.

2. You are a housemate of someone with corona and are going into quarantine. The following rules of behaviour apply during the period that you are in quarantine.

Being in quarantine means that you remain at home and do not receive any visitors. You have no contact with the person who has corona.

  • You are not allowed to go outside, to school, the shops, or to work.
  • Have others do your shopping for you or have everything delivered to your home.
  • You can sit in your garden or on your balcony.
  • You are not allowed to receive visitors, except for medical reasons (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. All housemates keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m from the person who has corona. So no hugging, kissing or having sex.
  • Do not go into the room of the person with corona.
  • Avoid coming into contact with bodily fluids of the person with corona. This includes stool material, spit, snot, sweat, and urine.
  • If you share the toilet and bathroom with the person who has corona, then clean it every day. If the toilet and bathroom have a window, open it several times every day for a period of 15 minutes to allow fresh air to come in.
  • If you have a pet dog or cat, then please read the recommendations on RIVM’s Pets and Covid-19.

3. General hygiene rules during quarantine These rules are important for everyone with corona as well as anyone who is a housemate or a close contact of someone with corona.

The hygiene rules are intended to prevent infection insofar as possible.

  • Use a paper tissue for coughing, blowing your nose, or sneezing. If you do not have a paper tissue to hand, you must cough sneeze in the fold of your elbow.
  • Use the tissue only once, and dispose of it in a plastic bag after use. Wash your hands.
  • Regularly wash your hands with water and soap. You should always do so:
    • after coughing and sneezing;
    • after going to the toilet;
    • after cleaning and clearing up;
    • before preparing food or eating food.
  • Every day you should clean items you use frequently, such as the flush, the tap, doorknobs and light switches. Use an ordinary cleaning agent, and put the cleaning cloth into the laundry immediately after using it.