Informatiebrief positief getest persoon - Engels
Information for persons who have tested positive
NB: this information is important for you.
The result of your self-test or your GGD test is that you have been infected with the coronavirus. This letter details rules you have to keep to. Keeping to these rules helps to prevent the people around you from becoming infected as well. If you are a healthcare worker, please contact your employer at once.
To ensure that you do not spread the virus to others, you must start self-isolating at your home at once. You must also notify anyone you have had contact with that you have tested positive. Please follow this link to find out what to do.
If your child has tested positive, it is important that you consider the best way for your child to self-isolate, given that it may not always be possible for them do so – particularly in the case of young children. Please follow this link for more information.
If you need any assistance while self-isolating, be sure to read this leaflet, which contains more information and tips.
If you fall very ill or require medical assistance while self-isolating, call your general practitioner at once and explain that you are self-isolating because you have tested positive.
For how long should you self-isolate?
If you got tested because you were experiencing symptoms
If you tested positive after experiencing symptoms, you must keep self-isolating for up to 10 days, starting from the date on which you first experienced symptoms. You may stop self-isolating sooner if you do not experience the following symptoms for 24 hours:
- sore throat
and you first experienced coronavirus-related symptoms at least five days ago.
If you got tested despite having no symptoms
Perhaps you did not have any symptoms when you were tested or took a self-test and perhaps you have not developed any symptoms since. If this is the case for you, you must self-isolate for five days, starting from the date you got tested.
If you do develop any coronavirus-related symptoms while self-isolating, please follow the rules outlined in the ‘If you got tested because you were experiencing symptoms’ section. You will then enter a new self-isolation period and can start counting days from the date on which you first experienced symptoms.
If you are unsure about the duration of your self-isolation period, please click here for a tool to help you calculate the right number of days.
Recommendations after self-isolating
After you end your self-isolation, follow these recommendations up to the 10th day since the start of your symptoms or the date you got tested.
- If possible, avoid contact with vulnerable people. If this is not possible, keep as far away from them as possible.
- Remember the hygiene measures.
If you work in healthcare, discuss your return to work with your employer or company doctor.
You can find answers to frequently asked questions by following this link. Please call 0800-1351 if you have any other questions.
Rules of conduct for your self-isolation period
It is important that you follow the rules of conduct. By doing so, you help to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further and infecting other persons around you.
1. You have been infected with the coronavirus and are self-isolating
The following rules of conduct will apply while you self-isolate at your home. Self-isolating at home means that you remain in your own room and also sleep there. The other members of your household must not enter your room. In other words, you do not meet the other members of your household face to face.
- You are not allowed to go outside, to school, to the shops, or to work. However, you may go into the garden or onto the balcony.
- Have others do your shopping for you or have your groceries delivered to your home.
- Ask others to take your child or children to childcare, school or any extracurricular activities, such as sports or music lessons, for you.
- Avoid contact with other members of your household and keep your distance. That means no hugging, kissing or having sex.
- You are not allowed to receive visitors, except for medical reasons (for example, 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.
- Stay in your own room and also sleep there by yourself. Make sure the room is properly ventilated.
- If possible, use a separate toilet and bathroom for yourself.
- Use your own towels and your own toothbrush.
- If you have a pet dog or cat, please read the recommendations on Pets and COVID-19.
2. General hygiene rules during self-isolation
It is vital that every person who has tested positive for the coronavirus comply with these rules. The rules of hygiene are intended to prevent infection to the maximum extent possible.
- Use a paper tissue when you cough, blow your nose or sneeze. If you do not have a paper tissue to hand, please cough or sneeze into the crook 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. Always do so:
- after coughing and sneezing;
- after going to the toilet;
- after cleaning and clearing up;
- before preparing food or eating food.
Follow the general guidelines
Follow the general guidelines in force in the Netherlands for matters such as going to school or working. Please visit Government.nl for more information.