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Posted On: 11 April 2020 04:37 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 09:11 am

MoPH releases guidance for close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case

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The Ministry of Public Health has just released guidance for close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in its official social media channels.

What is a close contact?

A close contact of a COVID-19 case is the one who has a face to face contact for at least 15 minutes or is in the same closed space for at least 2 hours with a COVID-19 case.

If you are a close contact as defined above:

  • Isolate yourself at home or in another facility for 14 days after exposure to the case
  • Stay in a separate room
  • Use a separate toilet that is not used by others
  • Wear a mask when leaving the room
  • Maintain social distancing with others (at least 2 meters)
  • Watch out for fever, cough, sore throat or flu-like symptoms

If you develop symptoms:

  • Call 16000, they will assess you and advice on what to do next
  • Continue to keep yourself apart from other people
  • Wear a mask if you have one
  • Do not travel on public transport, use taxis or ride-shares and do not attend any public places
  • If you are seriously unwell and it is an emergency, call 999 immediately

All other household members should:

  • Maintain social distance from the confirmed case (at least 2 meters)
  • Watch out for fever, cough, sore throat, flu-like symptoms
  • Not be subject to self-isolation unless the close contact (defined above) had or developed symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19

The Ministry of Public Health also released a guide on the difference between physical distancing, isolation, and quarantine.

Defining these terms and including who is it for, how long is it for, and who can people interact with.

Source: Ministry of Public Health