If you are a close contact

When you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Live with someone who is infected with COVID-19
  2. Are in a relationship with someone who is infected with COVID-19 (but you do not live together)
  3. Share a room at a boarding school, high school, school camp or similar with someone who is infected with COVID-19
  4. A guest/playmate who has stayed overnight at an infected persons place

 … and have had contact with the infected person for a longer period of time during the infection period:

  • The infection period for people with symptoms of COVID-19: From 48 hours before symptoms started until symptoms ceased, however no less than 4 days after symptom debut.
     
  • The infection period for people who have a positive test result (antigen or PCR test) and are without symptoms: From 48 hours before the PCR test/self-test was performed up to and including 4 days after the positive test.

You are only a close contact, if you meet the criteria above.

A close contact is someone who lives with an infected person and who shares a bedroom with the infected person, shares the same living room, for example, they sit together on the couch, embrace, etc. In addition, it is often those people that the infected person has been in close and regular contact with during the infection period, for example, a girlfriend/boyfriend, guests/friends who stay overnight, etc.

If you have been exposed to infection or have been in the close vicinity of a person but do not match the definition of a close contact, you can be defined as an “other contact”. Learn more about other contacts in the section If you are an other contact.

If you are a close contact or equivalent, regardless of your vaccination status or previous infection, you must:

  • Isolate in case of symptoms of COVID-19
  • Not quarantine
  • It is recommended that you take a self-test (antigen test) 3 days after the infected person tests positive for COVID-19
  • It is recommended that you pay close attention to keeping a distance, hand hygiene and other preventive measures

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, you should follow the current guidelines.

If you are at particular risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, you should get PCR tested. You should do this regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated, not vaccinated, or have been recently infected. Here, you can read more about who is at particular risk of serious illness.

Read more about the typical symptoms of COVID-19 here.

‘Other contacts’ are people who have been in contact with the infected person with COVID-19 outside the home in the infection period. Other contacts are often people close to you, for example circle of friends, which you interact with daily or regularly. Other contacts are not close contacts.

No particular guidelines apply to other contacts. If you are an other contact and develop symptoms of COVID-19, you must follow the recommendations for if you have symptoms.

Examples of other contacts:

  • People, who the infected person have been sitting close to or across from at a meeting, in educational institutions, at cultural events or in a workplace
  • People who have been dining or similar with the infected person
  • People, who the infected person have been doing contact sports with
  • People, who the infected person have shared a car with
  • Classmates to an infected pupil in the main class in primary school etc.
  • Guests in the household of the infected person, who does not sleep over
  • Children at the infected persons school or children in the same unit at day care etc.
  • Classmates af boarding school, folk school and similar, who are not sharing a room with the infected person

If your child has symptoms of COVID-19, the child should follow the current guidelines.

In the case of infection at schools and institutions etc., it will most often be other contacts that are of concern.

Children, who are other contacts to an infected person (child or employee) in a day-care nursery etc., in school (including boarding schools and private schools) or in connection with recreational activities, must follow the recommendations for other contacts. Learn more in the section If you are an other contact.

However, roommates at boarding schools etc., must follow the guidelines for close contacts.

Click here to read the advice for families with children

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