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Vertaalde informatiebrief met afbeeldingen bij de LCI-richtlijn COVID-19 | Versie 2 november 2020 (versiebeheer zie Overzicht informatiebrieven) | 1. patiënt | 2. huisgenoten | 3. nauwe contacten | 4. overige contacten

Information for people who have been near someone infected with coronavirus (COVID-19)


Dear Sir or Madam,

You are receiving this letter because you have been near someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19). This letter contains important information; read it thoroughly. 

You must stay at home for 10 days, as you may be infected with coronavirus. Although you may not currently have any symptoms, you could already be infectious.

This letter provides rules to which you must adhere. This can be hard at times. You must stay at home for 10 days to prevent the spread of the virus.

If you have any questions, call the Municipal Health Service (GGD) or read the coronavirus information on


Stay at home as much as possible and do not receive any visitors

afbeelding: 1,5 meter afstand

  • You must work from home and may not use public transport.
  • Children up to the age of twelve are allowed to attend childcare, school and/or sports activities.
  • Have someone else do your shopping for you.
  • If this is not an option, you are allowed to go outside briefly to buy groceries. This is only allowed if you do not have any symptoms. Stay 1.5 metres away from others and do not touch anyone.
  • You are allowed to sit in your garden or on your balcony.
  • You are not allowed to receive any visitors, except for medical reasons (e.g. GP, GGD, etc.).
  • Only people who live with you are allowed to be in your house. You should stay away from your housemates—at least 1.5 metres—as much as possible. That means no hugging, no kissing, and no sex.

2 afbeeldingen: niet naar de dokter, bellen naar de dokter

  • If you need medical attention, do not visit your GP or the hospital. Explain that you have been near someone who has coronavirus.
  • You must stay at home for 10 days after being near someone infected with coronavirus.
  • Once you are allowed to leave your house again, follow the general coronavirus measures. Visit for more information.

Pay attention to health complaints

2 afbeeldinge: thermometer, benauwd

  • If you have any coronavirus symptoms, call the GGD. You will be tested for coronavirus if necessary. You must stay at home until you receive the results.
  • Coronavirus may cause the following symptoms:
    • cold (blocked or runny nose, sneezing, sore throat);
    • coughing;
    • sudden loss of smell and taste;
    • shortness of breath;
    • high temperature or fever higher than 38 °C.

2 afbeeldingen: niet naar de dokter, bellen naar de dokter

  • If you are seriously ill and need medical attention, do not visit your GP or the hospital. 
  • If you think you have a fever, take your temperature with a thermometer. You can take your temperature rectally or in your ear. You have a fever if your temperature is 38 ˚C or higher.

Staff from the Municipal Health Services [Gemeentelijke gezondheidsdienst] (GGD) may telephone you to check how you are doing during the 10 days you are required to stay at home.

Cough and sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Always wash your hands:
    • after coughing or sneezing;
    • after going to the toilet;
    • after cleaning and tidying;
    • before eating and cooking.


3 afbeeldingen: papieren zakdoekjes, hoesten in elleboog, handen wassen

  • Cough into a paper handkerchief. If you do not have a paper handkerchief, cough into your elbow.
  • Use a paper handkerchief only once, and dispose of it in a waste bin after use. Wash your hands afterwards. 

Do you work in healthcare?

You are required to stay at home even if you work in the care sector. You are only allowed to work if you really play a vital role and your manager gives you permission to do so. However, you must then wear a mask.