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The Republic of Latvia declares a state of emergency in its territory from 9 November until 6 December

Strict isolation at home

Last update 19.11.2020

The most important public safety measure that can be taken by people who have Covid-19 is a complete isolation from healthy people. 

Strict isolation at home or hospital, complete distancing from healthy people. This is the most important safety measure for limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Persons with mild symptoms do not need inpatient treatment. Doctors may prescribe treatment in isolation at home to prevent the virus from spreading. Isolation at home means being at home or in any other place specially chosen for this purpose, in a separate, well-ventilated room and, if possible, with a separate toilet. Such precautions are recommended for as long as symptoms are present or for another specified period of time.

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

  • Persons who have tested positive for Covid-19. 
  • Do not meet up with other people.
  • Do not leave the premises where you are under strict isolation (do not go on walks, shopping, etc.).
  • Contact your GP every day (if the situation becomes critical, call 113).
  • Do not have guests.
  • 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.

Until the doctor confirms recovery, based on the following guiding principles:

  • if no symptoms of the disease (asymptomatic infection) are observed for a person with a confirmed Covid-19 infection, isolation may be stopped on day 10 after laboratory confirmation of the infection.
  • if a person develops symptoms of Covid-19 infection, isolation may be stopped on day 14 of the onset of the disease, provided that symptoms are not observed for at least 3 days.  
  • Covid-19 patients are issued sick leave certificates until their recovery.


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