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Informatiebrief bij de LCI-richtlijn COVID-19 | Versie 9 juli 2021 (voor versiebeheer zie Overzicht informatiebrieven)

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Please note! This information is important for unprotected housemates of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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. 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 into home quarantine.

According to our information, you have not had corona in the last six months and have also not been fully vaccinated. You can therefore still become ill. The municipal health service (GGD) has discussed this with you.

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 isolation. The 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 in isolation 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. If the test result on day 5 is negative, then you may end the quarantine.
  • Your housemate with corona cannot go into isolation in his or her own room. You and your housemates share the same room/rooms and are in close contact with each other.
    ou 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.

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, then 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.

Health problems

Closely monitor your health status. 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.

For more information, also go to RIVM.nl and Rijksoverheid.nl.

Appendix: Rules of behaviour

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. 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 fthe 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 web page.

2. General hygiene rules during quarantine These rules are important for anyone 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.