Informatiebrief huisgenoten - Engels
Information for members of the household
NB: this information is important for you.
This letter is sent to everyone with a household member who has COVID-19. This letter will explain to you what to do in order to prevent the people around you from getting infected. Please follow the three steps outlined below. It is vital that you and the other members of your household comply with the rules outlined at the bottom of this letter. These rules also apply to children of all ages who live in the same house.
Step 1 Go into quarantine and get tested
As soon as you are told that a member of your household has tested positive for COVID-19, you must go into at your home and either use a self-testing kit or get tested by the GGD (Municipal Public Health Service).
You are not required to take a test or go into quarantine immediately if you do not have any symptoms and:
- have had COVID-19 within the last 8 weeks or
- had the booster vaccine more than 1 week ago
Still, please make sure to follow the rules outlined in Step 3 of this letter.
Step 2 Get tested and leave quarantine
- If your self-test comes back positive, please book an appointment for a test with the GGD at once to have your test result verified. If the GGD test result is also positive, you must self-isolate.
- If either the self-test or the test performed at the GGD has a negative result, please stay in quarantine, as you may have been infected anyway and may still come down with symptoms. You should therefore make a test appointment with the GGD 5 days after your last contact with the member of your household who has tested positive for COVID-19. If this test result comes back negative, you may leave quarantine.
Book an appointment for a test with the GGD by calling 0800 2035 or visiting coronatest.nl. If you are vulnerable because of illness or old age, or if you have vulnerable family members, you should always make a test appointment with the GGD.
Step 3 After quarantine
Once you leave quarantine, please remain extra careful for a 10-day period after your last face-to-face contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. You can still contract COVID-19 and be contagious to others. This means that you should abide by the basic rules and where possible try to:
- maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others
- avoid contact with vulnerable persons
- avoid large groups and busy areas.
If you are a healthcare worker, consult with your employer or company doctor as to whether and when you may go back to work again. Keep a close eye on your health, even after you stop self-isolating. If you develop any symptoms associated with COVID-19, such as:
- cold-like symptoms (nasal congestion, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat)
- tightness of the chest or shortness of breath
- a temperature or fever
- sudden loss of smell and/or taste
take a self-test at once or get tested by the GGD, even if you have previously tested negative or are experiencing symptoms again. If your self-test comes back positive, please book an appointment for a test with the GGD at once to have your test result verified. Stay at home until you have received your test result.
More information on quarantine
Not everyone has to keep quarantined for the same amount of time. The following rules apply to the most common situations:
- The member of your household who has tested positive is self-isolating and stays in his or her own room. You do not talk to the member of your household in person. If this is the case for you, you must self-isolate for 10 days. This 10-day period starts on the day you last spoke to the member of your household in person. If you test negative on day 5, you may leave quarantine.
- The member of your household who has tested positive is unable to self-isolate in a room of their own. You and the member of your household share the same room or rooms. If this is the case for you, you must start quarantining as soon as you hear that the member of your household has been infected with the virus. You start counting the number of days from the day on which the member of your household is no longer considered infectious. You must quarantine for 10 additional days, starting from the day on which the member of your household is no longer considered infectious. If you test negative on day 5, you may leave quarantine.
If you require any assistance while quarantining, please read this leaflet, which contains more information and tips. If you fall very ill while in quarantine and require medical assistance, please contact your general practitioner at once and inform them that you share a household with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Rules of conduct for your quarantining period
It is important that you follow the rules of conduct. By doing so, you help to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further and infecting other persons around you.
You share a household with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and must go into quarantine. The following rules of conduct will apply while you are in quarantine.
Quarantining means that you stay at home and do not receive any visitors. You do not meet the person who has tested positive for the virus in person.
- You are not allowed to go outside, to school, to the shops, or to work.
- Have others do your shopping for you or have your groceries delivered to your home.
- You are allowed to 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 GGD).
- The only people who are allowed to be with you in your home are the people you live with. All members of the household must keep their physical distance (1.5 metres) from the person who has the virus. That means no hugging, kissing or having sex.
- Do not enter the room of the person who has the virus.
- Avoid coming into contact with bodily fluids of the person who has the virus, such as faeces, saliva, snot, sweat and urine.
- If you share a toilet and/or bathroom with the person who has the virus, be sure to clean it every day. If the toilet or bathroom has a window, open it multiple times every day for 15 minutes at a time to allow fresh air to enter the room.
- If you have a pet dog or cat, please read the recommendations on Pets and COVID-19 | rivm.nl.
General rules of hygiene for people who are quarantining. It is vital that everyone who shares a household with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 follow the following rules.
The rules of hygiene are intended to prevent infection to the maximum extent possible.
- Use a paper tissue when you cough, blow your nose or sneeze. If you do not have a paper tissue to hand, please cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm.
- 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. Always do so:
- after coughing or sneezing
- after going to the toilet
- after cleaning and tidying up
- before preparing food or eating food
- Be sure to clean items you touch frequently, such as the flush button on the toilet, the tap, doorknobs and light switches, every day. Use a regular cleaning agent and put the cleaning cloth into the laundry immediately after using it.
Follow the general guidelines
Follow the general guidelines in force in the Netherlands with regard to matters such as attending school or going to work: Government.nl. For more information, please visit rivm.nl (English) and Government.nl.