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An emergency situation has been declared in Latvia from October 11 this year to January 11 next year in order to stop the rapid increase in morbidity

Home Quarantine

Last update 12.10.2021

What is Home Quarantine?

Home quarantine is a complete isolation from healthy people. This is the most important safety measure to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Home quarantine restricts movement and face-to-face contact with people who have been in contact with a person infected with Covid-19. Home quarantine should also be followed if you feel healthy and do not experience symptoms. 14-day home quarantine is mandatory, during which the person must be at home or in a specially designated place and avoid in person contacts with other people.

WHO HAS TO COMPLY?
  • Persons who have been in contact with Covid-19 patients.

WHO DOES NOT HAVE TO COMPLY?

  • Home quarantine may be waived in the following cases, but an RNA test should be performed on the seventh day after a close contact with the Covid-19 patient.
  • Persons who have had Covid-19 in the last six months.
  • If a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19:
    • after having received the Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) vaccine, the person is considered vaccinated against Covid-19 from the 22nd day after receiving the first dose (the second dose must be received by the 90th day);
    • after having received another vaccine registered in the EU, the person is considered vaccinated from the 15th day after receiving all the necessary doses.
WHO CAN IDENTIFY CONTACTS?
  • Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC).

  • Family doctor, if family members in the doctor's care are recognised as contacts of the sick person.

  • Head of an educational institution.

  • Employer.

HOW TO COMPLY?
  • The contact person must stay at home, under the supervision of a GP.
  • Avoid contact with other people as much as possible - do not go to work, school, public places where many people gather.
  • Do not visit others or have guests.
  • You can go for a walk if you do not meet other people.
  • Monitor your health condition (measure your temperature twice a day, contact your GP). If you experience symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing, contact your GP immediately (if the situation becomes critical, call 113). 
  • Use a medical face mask if you experience cough, fever, or difficulty breathing. Medical face masks prevent your infecting those around you.
  • Clean your home and use disinfectants, especially for cleaning frequently used surfaces, toilets, and shared spaces.
FOR HOW LONG?
  • For 14 days from the last time you had close contact with the patient. If the person lives together with the patient, the 14-day countdown starts from the day the patient recovers. 
  • Contact persons may terminate home quarantine if they test negative on the 10th day of their quarantine period. 
  • Pupils and students can discontinue home quarantine by taking a test on day 7 after starting home quarantine and receiving a negative result.
IS SICK LEAVE POSSIBLE?
  • Yes, if necessary for the quarantine period.


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