Informatiebrief huisgenoten - niet-immuun - Engels

Informatiebrief bij de LCI-richtlijn COVID-19 | Versie 3 augustus 2021 (voor versiebeheer zie Overzicht informatiebrieven)

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Information for housemates - without immunity
 

Please note! This information is important for you.

Dear Sir/Madam,

You have received this letter because you are a housemate of someone with corona. This letter and the appendix detail rules that you and your housemates have to keep to. This also applies to children who are housemates. The rules in this letter apply to you because you did not have corona during the last six months and you are not fully vaccinated at present. You can therefore still become ill. It is perhaps not all that easy to adhere to these rules, but it is very important. This helps to prevent the people around you from getting infected.

In quarantine

You should immediately go home and stay in quarantine. By staying at home, you minimise the likelihood of infecting others in case it turns out that you do have corona. The rules for living in quarantine can be found at the bottom of this letter. If you need assistance while in quarantine, please read this folder with more information 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

You should have yourself tested 2 times in order to detect the virus as soon as possible and halt its spread. The first test should be done immediately, and the second test on day 5 after your last contact with the housemate who has corona. 

  • If the test result is positive, you have corona. You must then immediately go into isolation. The email informing you of the test result will also explain what you have to do. The Municipal Public Health Services (GGD) may also explain that to you. 
  • If the result of the first test is negative, the coronavirus has not (yet) been 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. In the section on ‘how long does the quarantine last’, you can read which day is day 5 for you. If the test result is negative, you may end the quarantine.
     

Make the 2 appointments at the GGD by calling 0800-2035.

If you develop any symptoms of corona while in quarantine, you should again call the GGD via 0800-2035.

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.
    In that case, you should 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, 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. 
    In that case, you need to go into quarantine as soon as you hear that your housemate has corona. You start counting the number of days from the day on which your housemate is no longer considered infectious. 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, 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, your housemate can no longer infect you or others. You should consult with the 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, your housemate is infectious up to and including 5 days after the test that showed that he/she had corona. 

After the quarantine

After ending your quarantine, take the following into account:

  • Avoid contact with vulnerable persons until 10 days have passed since your contact with the infectious housemate who has corona.
  • If you work in the care sector, consult with your employer as to whether and when you may go back to work again. 
  • Follow the general guidelines in force in the Netherlands for matters such as going to school or working: Rijksoverheid.nl.

Symptoms after ending quarantine

It is also important for you to closely monitor your health after ending your quarantine. 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 high temperature or a fever
  • sudden loss of smell and/or taste 

You should immediately make an appointment for a test at the GGD by calling 0800-1202 or via the website coronatest.nl. Do so also if you have previously tested negative or if you develop symptoms again. Never do a self-test if you have any symptoms.

For more information also go to rivm.nl and Rijksoverheid.nl.

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 are a housemate of someone with corona and are going into quarantine. These are the rules of behaviour that apply during your 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 Pets and COVID-19.

2. General hygiene rules. These rules are important for everyone who is a housemate 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.