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Isolation period for casual contact

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: January 17, 2021 6:29 AM

Anonymous 38 days

Good afternoon, I have a casual contact when showing a property to my client who was tested covid-19 positive 3 days after our appointment. It was a brief viewing. On knowing his infection, I did a RT-PCR test on the 6th day after our encounter and the test result is negative. Today is the 9th day since our encounter. I would like to know if it is safe for me to leave my isolation for work. Thank you for your kind response.

Dr Sashini Seeni 38 days
General Practitioner

Thank you for your question.

We understand your worries especially with the close contact with positive symptoms of COVID-19. For your information, COVID-19 screening is usually subjected to patients that have experienced an ongoing fever. Although the criteria may change according to the situation, it is best that you seek immediate help from the nearby clinic or hospital as soon as possible.

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Additonally, WHO listed common symptoms for COVID-19 infection as follows:

  • Fever (more than 37.5 degrees Celcius)
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

According to the Ministry of Health, close contact refers to either:

  • Health care-associated exposure, including providing direct care for 2019-nCoV patients, working with health care workers infected with 2019-nCoV, visiting patients or staying in the same close environment of a 2019nCoV patient.
  • Working together in close proximity or sharing the same classroom environment with a with 2019-nCoV patient
  • Traveling together with 2019-nCoV patient in any kind of conveyance
  • Living in the same household as a 2019-nCoV patient

I would also encourage you to answer this quiz on Risk Assessment for COVID-19 to evaluate their health status in regards to this disease. After completing this quiz, you will be classified into several categories. Further instructions will be given at the end of the quiz. Please act accordingly.

Occasionally you might be strongly advised to do a covid-19 screening and meanwhile to maintain physical and social distance between close friends and family members. You may also click on this link to directly request a COVID-19 screening test.

But if you want to seek a second opinion, you may try to contact the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC). Other than that, do practice good hand hygiene and normalize wearing face mask in public.

CPRC contact:

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