Anyone with respiratory infections must stay at home and call their doctor. Based on a phone consultation, the doctor will decide whether the person can recover at home or has to be admitted to hospital.
You have to stay at home for a minimum of 7 days, and at least until the symptoms are gone (if your symptoms last longer than 7 days, you will have to stay at home longer).
Staying at home means that you do not leave the house. You don’t go shopping, you don’t go out for a walk…
- You are allowed to go into your garden or use your terrace.
- You are also allowed to get out of the house briefly to check if your mail has been delivered.
- Avoid close and long contact with other people at all times.
- A family member or an acquaintance should do your errands for you. You can also have them delivered. Make sure you do not come into contact with the person doing your shopping or delivering your meals.
- Stay away from vulnerable people such as the elderly and persons with reduced resistance.
At home, isolate yourself as much as possible from your housemates. Stay in different rooms, eat separately, sleep separately, use different bathrooms if you have more than one…
- Regularly ventilate the rooms you stay in.
Strictly follow hygiene regulations such as washing your hands, and using paper tissues to cough
##Your family members or other contacts (such as colleagues)
- Your housemates try to isolate themselves from you as best they can (see above).
- Your housemates or other contacts (such as colleagues) do not have to go into isolation. They are still allowed to go outside, but they have to comply with the general obligation to go outside as little as possible (unless for work, shopping, sport)
- Strictly follow hygiene regulations such as washing your hands, and using paper tissues for coughing
- Clean your house regularly (daily), especially the surfaces that are frequently touched (such as door handles)
##Family members or contacts working in the care sector
- Your family members or contacts working in the care sector do not have to self-isolate at home either. As long as they do not have any health complaints (coughing, fever), they are allowed to continue working. As long as they do not have any health complaints, they do not have to wear protective equipment, except in situations in which they already wear such equipment.
Who else are still being tested for COVID-19?
- Only persons with severe respiratory disorders who require hospitalisation will still be tested for COVID-19.
- People with respiratory tract infections that do not require hospitalization are no longer tested, either by the doctor or by hospitals. They are assumed to have COVID-19. The doctor asks them to apply isolation at home.
- Exception: Nursing staff (e.g. doctors and nurses) needed for care will be tested as a priority in the case of respiratory disorders, so that they can be quickly returned to care if the test is negative.