What happens if a close contact with a COVID-19 patient occurs?

If a contact develops symptoms, the following steps should be taken:

  • Notify the receiving medical facility that a symptomatic contact will be arriving.
  • While traveling to seek care, the contact should wear a medical mask.
  • The contact should avoid taking public transportation to the facility if possible; an ambulance can be called, or the ill contact can be transported in a private vehicle with all windows open, if possible.
  • The symptomatic contact should be advised to perform respiratory hygiene and hand hygiene and to stand or sit as far away from others as possible (at least 1 metre) when in transit and when in the health care facility.
  • Any surfaces  that become soiled with respiratory secretions or other body fluids during transport should be cleaned with soap or detergent and then disinfected with a regular household product containing a 0.5% diluted bleach solution.

Source: Home care for patients with COVID-19 presenting with mild symptoms and management of their contacts

Interim guidance

17 March 2020

Posted in Coronavirus.