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Coming in contact with someone COVID-19 positive case


Close Contact: A person without facemask who is coming to close proximity of less than 2 meters for a period that is more than 15 minutes (working, studying, or a family member) with a confirmed case. This includes starting from 2 days before the onset of symptoms in the confirmed case and throughout the duration of illness. For asymptomatic cases, the count can start from the day of COVID-19 PCR test done for the confirmed case. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive.
Let’s discuss two scenarios;
a. Scenario one – you came in close contact (less than 2 meters, without face mask for > 15 minutes with a positive case) 

Test yourself for covid-19 by PCR test.

 Contacts who test negative - self-quarantine for 14 days 
Contacts who test positive (symptomatic or asymptomatic) should be managed as a confirmed COVID-19 case. 

b. Scenario two - Contact with a positive case but with a face mask and physical distance: 
Test yourself for covid-19 by PCR test. 
If negative then no quarantine required.

 c. Self-quarantine - voluntarily stay home, monitor yourself, and maintain social distance from others. The timeframe for self-quarantine is 14 days following the last day of exposure to a patient with COVID-19.