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What do I do if I (or someone in my household) have been in close contact with someone who is infected with COVID-19?

Updated 15th March 2020 

Close contact is defined as: being face to face with someone for at least 15 minutes or having been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours. This also includes shaking of hands.

If you have been identified to have had close contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19 while they were infectious, you must:

  • Inform your Manager and/or HR;
  • Isolate yourself at home until 14 days after you were last exposed to the infectious person. You should not leave the house, except for seeking medical care. You should stay in a different room to other people as much as possible, and wear a surgical mask when you are in the same room as another person and when seeking medical care. Use a separate bathroom if available. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation, taxi services or rideshares.

Watch for the following signs and symptoms, including but not limited to:

  • fever (>37.6°C)
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • other early symptoms to watch for are chills, body aches, sore throat, headache and runny nose, muscle pain or diarrhea.