Informatiebrief positief getest persoon - Engels
Information for persons who have tested positive
NB: this information is important for you.
You are receiving this letter because you have tested positive for COVID-19. This letter details rules you have to keep to. It may not always be easy to comply with these rules, but it is very important that you do so anyway. This 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. 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 COVID-19.
If you got tested because you were experiencing symptoms
If you tested positive after experiencing symptoms, you must keep self-isolating for up to 14 days, starting from the date on which you first experienced symptoms. You may stop self-isolating sooner if you do not experience any COVID-related symptoms for 24 hours AND you first experienced symptoms at least 7 days ago.
If your immune system has been weakened due to illness or medications, you must always self-isolate for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day you first experienced symptoms.
If you got tested despite having no symptoms
Perhaps you did not have any symptoms when you were tested and perhaps you have not developed any symptoms since. If this is the case for you, you must self-isolate for 7 days, starting from the date you got tested.
If you do develop any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 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 your situation is different, or if you have any questions about self-isolating or your health, please call the GGD for more information.
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 COVID-19 from spreading further and infecting other persons around you.
1. You have been infected with the virus 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.
- Have others do your shopping for you or have your groceries delivered to your home.
- You are allowed to 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 GGD).
- The only people who are allowed to be with you in your home are the people you live with. You do not talk face to face with the people with whom you share your home. So no hugging, kissing or having sex.
- Stay in your own room and also sleep there by yourself. Open the window in your room 3 times a day for 15 minutes at a time to allow fresh air to enter your room.
- If possible, use a separate toilet and bathroom for yourself. Clean it every day.
- Use your own towels and your own toothbrush.
- Wash your laundry using a complete cycle at a minimum temperature of 40°C.
- Use your own separate cutlery, plates, cups and glasses.
- Wash your dishes using washing-up liquid and hot water, or in the dishwasher on a long cleaning cycle.
- Dispose of your waste in a separate waste bag in your own room. The waste bag can be disposed of together with the residual waste.
- If you have a pet dog or cat, please read the recommendations on Pets and COVID-19 | rivm.nl.
2. General hygiene rules during self-isolation. It is vital that every person who has tested positive for COVID-19 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 arm.
- 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.
- Be sure to clean items you touch frequently, such as the flush button on the toilet, the tap, doorknobs and light switches, every day. Use a regular cleaning agent and put the cleaning cloth into the laundry immediately after using it.