With more than 32,000 new cases of Covid-19 detected on November 25, the number of contact cases is increasing rapidly. Here are the steps to take when this is the case.
First of all, it is necessary to determine what makes a person a contact case. According to Health Insurance, an individual is considered to be a contact case from the moment it has been held for a prolonged period near a person tested positive for Covid-19 in the absence of protection.
Health Insurance distinguishes three degrees of risk of contamination for contact cases, negligible, moderate and high. These three categories correspond to the status of the person concerned, already infected with Covid-19, fully vaccinated, being vaccinated or not vaccinated.
When to take your test when you are in contact?
Thus, a person fully vaccinated and in case of contact does not have to isolate himself. In this case, it is necessary to scrupulously respect the barrier gestures and limit contact during the week following the last meeting with the infected person. A test should be performed at least four days after contact.
For people who are immunocompromised or who are not fully immunized, the periods are tougher. Immediate isolation should be observed and prompt testing performed. A second test must be carried out when leaving isolation.
Remember to watch for symptoms
If the person tests negative, they can end their isolation but must continue to respect barrier gestures. In the event of a positive test, the isolation is ten days. This period begins on the day of onset of symptoms or if they are absent on the day of the test.
Contact or positive case, the Health Insurance recalls that it is very important to monitor your symptoms. At the end of the isolation period, if they persist, it is requested to extend the isolation for 48 hours. In the event of respiratory problems, the health authority explains that it is necessary to contact 15.