Guidance on self-isolation at home
People who have come in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of new coronavirus infection (e.g. family members, friends, colleagues, healthcare professionals) should monitor their health (temperature measurement twice a day) from the day of last contact with the case and 14 days onwards. Regular (daily) communication with a healthcare professional is advised throughout the monitoring period.
You should take the following measures throughout the monitoring period (14 days):
- Stay by yourself in a well-ventilated room.
- Only a few people can take care of you; ideally, only one person who is not considered high-risk (i.e. not overaged or with an underlying health condition).
- No visitors allowed.
- All other members of your family must stay in a different room; if this is not possible, they must keep at least a 2-meter distance from you.
- You should avoid moving around the house, to the extent possible.
- All common areas must be well ventilated.
- Anyone coming into your room or in contact with your personal objects must wash their hands thoroughly before and after contact, before and after food preparation, before eating and after using the toilet (hand washing with soap and water or a disinfectant).
- Always cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Any materials you have used for covering your nose and mouth must be carefully disposed of or thoroughly washed if they’re not disposable.
- Caregivers must avoid direct contact with body fluids, particularly saliva, sputum or other respiratory secretions and feces that mustn’t be handled with naked hands. Disposable gloves must always be used. A hand hygiene routine must follow.
- Caregivers must avoid touching potentially contaminated items of the patient, such as plates, glasses, cutlery, towels, bed linen; all such items must be thoroughly washed before being used again.
- All surfaces and items in the patient’s room must be cleaned and disinfected daily with detergent or soap and water followed by disinfection with household chlorine solution (1:50 dilution, if 5% active chlorine is used).
- Daily cleaning of bathroom and toilet, as above.
If you show symptoms of respiratory infection (e.g. fever, cough, soar throat, difficulty breathing) you must immediately call your doctor or the National Public Health Organization (NPHO) (tel: +30 210 5212 054), for instructions.