Informatiebrief bevestigde patiënt - Engels

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

Information on what to do if you have coronavirus (COVID-19)


Dear Sir or Madam,

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

You must stay at home, as you may be infectious. Anyone who lives with you must also stay at home. You may have infected them with coronavirus. By staying home, you prevent the virus from spreading further. 

This letter provides rules to which you must adhere. It may be difficult at times,and it may affect your day-to-day life, but it is essential that you stick to the rules.

When can you go outside again and receive visitors?
You can only go outside and receive visitors if you:

  • have not had coronavirus symptoms for over 24 hours
  • and at least 7 days have passed since you became ill.

Some people are not allowed to go outside and receive visitors until at least 14 days after they became ill. Contact the Municipal Health Service (GGD) to determine when you are allowed to go outside again.

Once you are allowed to leave your house again, follow the general coronavirus measures. Visit for more information.

Rules for people living with you
Anyone who lives with you must stay at home for 10 days. They will receive a different letter with rules. It is important that they follow the rules to prevent the spread of the virus.

Rules in the event you have coronavirus

Stay at home and do not receive any visitors

  • You are not allowed to go outside, to school, to the shops or to work.
  • 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.

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  • If you need medical attention, do not visit your GP or the hospital. Call your doctor first. Explain that you have coronavirus and that you are at home.
  • The people living with you are also not allowed to receive visitors. See also the information for housemates of COVID-19 patients.

How should I deal with the people who live with me?

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  • Stay in your own room as much as possible. Sleep alone and in your own room.
  • Your housemates should stay away from your room as much as possible.
  • You should stay away from your housemates as much as possible.
  • You must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others in your household. That means no hugging, no kissing, and no sex.
  • Use separate utensils, plates, cups and glasses.
  • Use your own toothbrush.
  • Use your own towels.
  • If you have multiple bathrooms and toilets in the house,
    use a different toilet and bathroom than your housemates.
  • If you share a toilet and bathroom with others,
    clean them every day.
  • Open a window in the rooms you are in for 30 minutes several times a day to let fresh air in.

Cough and sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands

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  • 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.
  • 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.

Keep your room clean

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  • Stay in a separate room as much as possible.
  • Open a window in the rooms you are in for 30 minutes several times a day to let fresh air in.
  • Clean the bathroom and toilet every day. Also clean the faucet, light switches and doorknobs.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water afterward.

Keep your house clean

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  • Clean your own room and bathroom if possible. The people who live with you should clean the other rooms in the house.
  • Start by cleaning the things you use a lot every day, such as bedside tables, doorknobs and light switches.
  • Clean with regular detergent first,
    then wipe down everything you touch frequently with bleach. This includes things like the toilet flush button, doorknobs and light switches.
  • Use a bucket with 5 litres of water, mixed with 125 ml of bleach. Bleach can be found in the supermarket.
  • Put the cleaning cloth in the laundry right after use.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water afterward.

Keep things clean

  • Make sure nobody comes into contact with your faeces, saliva, mucous, sweat or urine.
  • Store your dirty laundry in a separate basket.
  • Set your washing machine to 40 °C or hotter.
  • Select a full washing cycle and use regular laundry detergent.
  • Wash your dishes in the dishwasher on an extended cycle or wash them with detergent and hot water separately from other dishes.
  • Dispose of your waste in a separate waste bag in your own room. The bag can be thrown out with the regular waste.