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Last update 20.09.2022

Mandatory stay of a Covid-19 infected person at home, in a hospital or other accommodation - complete isolation from healthy people. Complete discontinuation of face-to-face contacts is necessary to limit the spread of Covid-19.

According to the results of studies, infectivity in the case of Covid-19 infection remains on average 6-8 days after the appearance of symptoms of the disease. On the 6th day after getting sick, almost every third (30%) Covid-19 patient is still infectious. SPKC recommends that patients with confirmed Covid-19 infection should be isolated for 9 days from the onset of symptoms or from the first laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 test.

When isolating at home, a number of strict rules must be followed. 

  • Persons who have tested positive for Covid-19. 
  • Do not leave rooms where strict isolation is observed.
  • Do not meet other people, do not visit others and do not receive guests.
  • Contact your GP (if the situation becomes critical, call 113).
  • Work duties may only be performed remotely.
  • Participation in the educational process is allowed only remotely.
  • Use a face mask if you share the same household with other people.
  • Stay in well-ventilated rooms with a window that can be opened.
  • Use a separate towel, cutlery, drinking utensils, bed linen and other household utensils.

The treating physician decides to close the sick-leave certificate and discontinue isolation for the Covid-19 patient according to recommendations.

Exceptions to the discontinuation of isolation in order to resume the fulfilment of work duties

  • Persons can also go into isolation after a positive Covid-19 self-test.
  • An infected person may resume work on day 8 after a positive Covid-19 test if there have been no symptoms of illness for at least 24 hours

In the above-mentioned exceptional cases, for 10 days after confirmation of infection:

  • an FFP2 respirator must be used,
  • close contact with people who are not members of the household of the infected person or involved in the performance of work duties must be avoided,
  • it is not allowed to use public transport,
  • the exception for termination of isolation only applies to the resumption of employment.

Pupils and kindergarten children infected with Covid-19:

  • may resume attending an educational institution on the 8th day after infection if there have been no symptoms of the illness during the last 24 hours. 
  • Resuming attendance of the educational institution, it is not required to present a laboratory test result or doctor's certificate. 
  • Covid-19 patients are issued sick leave certificates until their recovery.

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