Informatiebrief nauwe contacten - Engels

Information for close contacts of a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

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 you if you are a close contact of a person who has tested positive for corona

Dear Sir/Madam,

You received this letter because you have been in close contact with someone who has 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 2second 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. It is 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. 

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 quarantine.

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 have been in close contact with someone who has corona.

Testing

Have yourself tested at the municipal health service (GGD) 5 days after your last contact with the person 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. Make an appointment for a test at the municipal health service (GGD) by calling 0800-2035.

Minimise your contacts

When you come out of quarantine, you should remain extra careful for a period of 10 days after your last contact with the person who had corona. Maintain social distancing of 1.5 m, avoid congested places, and avoid contact with vulnerable persons.

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.

Follow the general guidelines in force in the Netherlands for matters such as going to school or working. If you work in the care sector, 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 while you are in quarantine

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 close contact of someone with corona and you 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. At home, all the persons living in the house keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m from each other.

  • 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. Maintain a distance of at least 1.5 m from your housemates. So no hugging, kissing or having sex.

 

2. General hygiene rules during quarantine

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.