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NSW: Changes to definition of COVID-19 contacts

Information on changes in the definition of Covid-19 contacts was provided by the New South Wales Department of Health.

People at the highest risk of catching COVID-19 include someone who:
–> Is a household contact of someone who has COVID-19
–> Has spent a lot of time with someone who has COVID-19 (e.g. stayed at their house or went on a long car trip together).


These people are at high-risk and must take a COVID-19 test as soon as they are told by the person who has COVID-19. They must isolate for 7 days from the day they saw the COVID-19 positive person and have a negative test result and no symptoms on day 6 before leaving isolation on day 7.


You should assess your personal risk and circumstances to determine whether you are at high risk and need to isolate for 7 days.


Ask yourself the following questions:
–> How much time did I spend with the COVID-19 positive person, and how closely did we interact?
–>Did we spend time together outdoors or indoors?
–>Were we both wearing masks? Or just one of us, or neither of us?
–>Do I live or work with any vulnerable/high risk people? This could include the elderly or people who are immunocompromised


More information: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/
people-exposed-to-covid.aspx

Got COVID-19 and wondering when you can leave self-isolation?

Changes have been made to the self-isolation period for people with COVID-19. You must self-isolate for 7 days from the day you were tested. You can only leave self-isolation after 7 days if you do not have a sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath.


You will receive an SMS from NSW Health after 7 days but you do not have to wait for this SMS to leave self-isolation if it has been 7 days since you were tested.

If you have a sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath in the 24 hours before your 7 days is finished, please call the NSW Care at Home Support Line on 1800 960 933. If you need an interpreter, please call 131 450
If you are under the care of a NSW Health clinical team, your team will tell you when you will be released from isolation.


More info: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/recovery.aspx

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