Informatiebrief huisgenoten - Engels

Information letter with illustrations to accompany the LCI COVID-19 guidelines | Version of 8 February 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 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.

Maintain as much distance as possible from your housemate who tested positive, for as long as he or she is infectious. If possible, your housemate should be isolating at home. This means that your housemate with coronavirus should stay in their own room as much as possible and always keep at least 1.5 metres away from others.

Your housemate is infectious for as long as he or she is ill and, in any event, for 7 days after symptoms started. You should consult with the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) about how infectious someone is if they are ill for longer than 7 days.

If your housemate tested positive and does not have any symptoms, he or she will be infectious for 5 days after the test.

  • If you are able to keep 1.5 metres away from your housemate with coronavirus and minimise the amount of time you spend in the same room (see rule 3), you will be required to spend 10 days in quarantine as from the last time you were in close contact with your infectious housemate.
  • If you are unable to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres and you are unable to minimise the amount of time you spend in the same room (see rule 3), you must quarantine for 10 days as from the moment that your housemate is no longer infectious.

Immediate testing:

You should get yourself tested as quickly as possible. Getting tested as quickly as possible will enable us to detect coronavirus quickly and halt the spread of the virus. You should make an appointment for a test by calling 0800-2035.

If it transpires that you have coronavirus, you will be required to isolate at home. The GGD will then contact you.

If it transpires that you do not (yet) have coronavirus, you will still have to quarantine at home. This is because you may still become ill.

Testing on day 5:

You can get a (new) test on or after day 5 following the day you last had close contact with the housemate with coronavirus. You should make an appointment by calling 0800-2035.

If it (again) transpires that you do not have coronavirus, you will no longer have to stay at home.

  • 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.
  • Once you are allowed to go outside again, you should still be alert to symptoms. If you get symptoms, or your symptoms change, stay at home and get a new test. You should consult the GGD

Testing in the event of symptoms:

You could develop symptoms such as:

  • cold-like symptoms (nasal congestion, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat);
  • coughing;
  • a sudden loss of smell and taste;
  • difficulty breathing;
  • a high temperature or a fever.

If you get one or more of these symptoms, arrange to get a test, even if your previous test result was negative. You can make an appointment by calling 0800-2035. If you are in any doubt, or are experiencing other symptoms, please telephone your local GGD. The GGD will discuss with you whether it is a good idea for you to get a test. 

If you need help with having to quarantine at home due to coronavirus, please study the help and support when self-quarantining (staying at home) brochure at Government.nl. When you are allowed to leave your home again, you should observe the government's general coronavirus rules. For more information, please visit Government.nl. If you have any questions, please call your local GGD or study the information on coronavirus on Government.nl.

If you are seriously ill and need medical assistance, do not go to the general practitioner or hospital. You should telephone your GP immediately. Tell your doctor that your housemate has coronavirus.

Rules that apply if you live with someone who has coronavirus

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. The person who shares your home and who has coronavirus will receive a separate letter with information

1. 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 absolutely 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 receive medical care (for example from 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.
  • If you need medical assistance for problems other than coronavirus, do not go to your GP's surgery or to hospital, but telephone your GP first instead. Tell your doctor that you are having to stay at home due to coronavirus.
  • When you are allowed to leave your home again, you should observe the general coronavirus rules. For more information, please visit Government.nl.

2. Be alert to symptoms

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  • If you experience symptoms which appear to be coronavirus, you should telephone the GGD. 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 high temperature or a fever.
  • 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.

3. What should I do about the people who live with me?

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It is important that you observe the rules because then you will avoid becoming infected with coronavirus. 

  • Sleep apart and preferably in separate rooms.
  • Wherever possible try to avoid being in the same room as the person with coronavirus.
  • Stay away from your other housemates as much as possible.
  • Always stay 1.5 metres away from the person with coronavirus. So no hugging, kissing or having sex.
  • Do not use the same cutlery, plates, mugs and glasses as the person with coronavirus.
  • Do not use their toothbrush.
  • If there is more than one bathroom and lavatory in your home, use a different bathroom and lavatory from the person with coronavirus.
  • Clean the lavatory and bathroom every day.
  • 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.

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4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.
  • Do your washing up in a dishwasher using a full-length programme.
  • 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 (grey) bin.

7. Pets

If you have a pet dog or cat please read the recommendations on the RIVM's Pets and Covid-19 web page.