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What should I do if I have come in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, you may be infected.

Close contact means that you live with or have been in settings of less than 1 metre from ‎those who have the disease. In these cases, it is best to stay at home.‎

However, if you live in an area with malaria or dengue fever it is important that you do not ‎ignore symptoms of fever. Seek medical help. When you attend the health facility wear a ‎mask if possible, keep at least 1 metre distant from other people and do not touch surfaces ‎with your hands. If it is a child who is sick help the child stick to this advice.‎

If you do not live in an area with malaria or dengue fever please do the following:‎

  • If you become ill, even with very mild symptoms you must self-isolate
  • Even if you don’t think you have been exposed to COVID-19 but develop symptoms, then ‎self-isolate and monitor yourself
  • You are more likely to infect others in the early stages of the disease when you just have ‎mild symptoms, therefore early self-isolation is very important.‎
  • If you do not have symptoms, but have been exposed to an infected person, self-quarantine ‎for 14 days.‎

If you have definitely had COVID-19 (confirmed by a test) self-isolate for 14 days even after ‎symptoms have disappeared as a precautionary measure – it is not yet known exactly how ‎long people remain infectious after they have recovered. Follow national advice on self-‎isolation.

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