Contact with a person with COVID-19? What should I do ?
Contact refers to persons who have been face to face with an infected individual for 15 minutes or in an enclosed space with them for two hours. Any individual who's a close contact of identified infected victims should self-quarantine for a fortnight and monitor their symptoms while reporting the same to the local public health authorities on progress. There's a much lesser risk of infection if contact is limited though a self-isolation procedure for a fortnight is still required to ensure safety.
“An individual who interacts with a contact needn't take any special precautions yet very close contact calls for a fortnight's self-isolation. Close contacts with identified symptoms will accordingly be directed to self-quarantine by associated authorities”.
1. Thorough hand cleaning using soap or disinfectants and water for about 20 seconds.
2. Using a flexed elbow or tissue to cover one's mouth or nose during sneezing and coughing.
Contacting a Contact
If you have been identified as a contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection in Australia, the local public health unit will contact you with advice. You need to isolate yourself at home for 14 days after contact with the infected person, and to monitor your health and report any symptoms.
“Person to person spread of coronaviruses generally occurs between people who are close contacts with one another. A close contact is typically someone who has been face to face for at least 15 minutes, or been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours, with a person that was infectious. The public health unit will keep in touch with people who are close contacts of patients with COVID-19 infection. If any symptoms develop contacts must call the public health unit to report those symptoms”.