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Stay at home and contact your family physician.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or suspect that you may have been infected, please stay home if you have any symptoms, and contact your family physician. Avoid contact with other people, follow the rules of proper hand and respiratory hygiene, and have anything that you need delivered to your home in a contactless manner. If you are unable to get in touch with your family physician, please call the Family Physician Advisory Line (1220). If you need a certificate of incapacity for work or a certificate for care leave, please contact your family physician.

Please notify your close contacts!

We would like to ask any infected individuals to notify their close contacts of the potential risk of infection and the requirement that they self-isolate.

 

How should I determine my close contacts?

A close contact is an individual who has been in contact with a COVID-19 case for at least fifteen minutes (in total within the past twenty-four hours), being within a distance of two metres from the infected individual. A COVID-19 case is infectious from a point approximately two days before developing symptoms and up to ten days afterwards.

If you know that anyone with whom you have come into close contact has had COVID-19 within the past six months or is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, that individual will not be required to self-isolate.

The following individuals are classed as being close contacts, amongst others:

  • an individual who lives in the same household as a COVID-19 case;
  • an individual who has been in the presence of a COVID-19 case for at least fifteen minutes, being within a distance of two metres from the infected individual (taking into consideration the fact that five minutes in the morning, five minutes in the afternoon, and five minutes in the evening also amounts to fifteen minutes in total);
  • an individual who has had direct physical contact with a COVID-19 case (such as when shaking hands);
  • an individual who has come directly in contact with the secretions of a COVID-19 case without using personal protective equipment (such as when being coughed on, or having touched a patient’s tissue with bare hands);
  • an individual who has been in the same insufficiently-ventilated room as a COVID-19 case (such as being in the same classroom, meeting room, hospital waiting room, etc), and/or has not used personal protective equipment while there is a risk of their having come into contact with the virus.

I have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2
and I have also developed symptoms.

If you have developed symptoms, think carefully about with whom you were in contact within the last two days before you developed those symptoms and during the period in which those symptoms were exhibited.

An individual is considered to be a close contact if they have been in the presence of a COVID-19 case for at least fifteen minutes, being within a distance of two metres from the infected individual (taking into consideration the fact that five minutes in the morning, five minutes in the afternoon, and five minutes in the evening also amounts to fifteen minutes in total).

I have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2
but I do not have any symptoms.

If you have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 but do not have any symptoms, think about with whom you have come into contact within the last two days before testing and on the day of testing.

An individual is considered to be a close contact if they have been in the presence of a COVID-19 case for at least fifteen minutes, being within a distance of two metres from the infected individual (taking into consideration the fact that five minutes in the morning, five minutes in the afternoon, and five minutes in the evening also amounts to fifteen minutes in total).

Determining close contacts who come into contact
on a daily basis with an infected individual.

Anyone who lives in the same household with an infected individual is a close contact and must self-isolate.

Anyone who comes into contact with a COVID-19 case on a daily basis is at the highest level of risk of being infected during the period in which the infected individual is first developing the symptoms. Therefore the quarantine period for a close contact who comes into contact on a daily basis with a COVID-19 case will end ten days after the first potentially infectious contact.


 



 

Determining close contacts with whom
one does not live on a daily basis.

The quarantine period for an individual who has had one close contact event with a COVID-19 case will end ten days after the last potentially infectious close contact point (having been within two metres of an infected individual for at least fifteen minutes).

In the event of the possibility of a close contact event which has occurred within certain institutions (such as in schools, kindergartens, theatres, workplaces, etc), we would advise that the relevant authorities be notified so that they can then map out and notify any close contacts.  

The duration of a close contact’s self-isolation period can be calculated with the help of the isolation calculator by the Estonian Family Physicians Association »