What to do in case of infection

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If an employee finds out that their coronavirus test came back positive, they need to notify their employer immediately.

The employer must send both infected persons and persons with a suspected infection home to quarantine.

For this, the employer will establish the employees that have come into contact with the infected colleague at the workplace within the past two weeks. They also need to stay home for 14 days and monitor closely their health status. If a person develops a fever or a cough during this time, he needs to contact his family doctor.

Those employees who did not come into direct contact with the infected person may continue their everyday work but should monitor their health closely.

The employer must guarantee that in order to contain the spread of the virus at the workplace

  • necessary protective equipment is used,
  • the rooms are aired and
  • the surfaces are cleaned diligently.

Last updated: 02.06.2020 15:03

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After coming into close contact with an infected person, the employees have to stay at home for 14 days and monitor their health status.

If there are any health concerns, the family physician should be contacted.

At the doctor's discretion, it is possible to also receive a certificate of incapacity to work.

Last updated: 24.05.2020 16:34

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If you have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, you need to remain home until full recovery. Full recovery means that you have not had any fever within the last 72 hours and symptoms of a respiratory tract infection have receded. A decision on recovery is made by a doctor.

In order to prevent the spread of the virus, you are forbidden to leave your place of residence during the time you are sick. You are permitted to leave home only on the orders of a health care worker or a police officer, at a referral of a health care worker to obtain health care services, or if your life or health would be at risk at home.

If there is nobody who could bring essential goods (food, medicines) to your home, please turn to your local municipality for help, either by phone or e-mail.

If you are not symptomatic yourself, and you are living with someone who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, you can leave your place of residence or stay only in the following cases:

  • if you have been ordered by a health care worker or a police officer to leave your place of residence or permanent place of stay;
  • if you are leaving your place of residence or permanent place of stay in order to get health care services that you have been referred to by a heath care worker, or if there is an emergency that endangers your health or life;
  • if you are a health care worker or a person performing public duties who is carrying out unavoidable official duties on the decision of your employer;
  • to procure goods necessary for everyday survival (food, medicines) near your place of residence or stay because this cannot be achieved in any other way;
  • you have ruled out all contacts with the person diagnosed with the coronavirus who is living in the same place of residence or staying in the same place of stay with you;
  • you wish to be outdoors and are completely avoiding contact with other people.

It is possible to implement administrative coercive measures in order to guarantee that the restrictions on leaving your place of residence or stay are being followed. It is possible to impose a penalty payment of up to EUR 9,600.

See also the Order No. 336 of the Government of the Republic from September 29, 2020: [https://www.riigiteataja.ee/akt/329092020008].

Last updated: 12.10.2020 10:02

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Following guidelines must be observed for your 14-day monitoring period:

1. Use the remote work and study options.

2. Do not leave your home or place of residence except

  • (a) when going out to obtain everyday essential items;
  • (b) when called in to visit a doctor at a medical institution;
  • (c) when spending time outdoors while avoiding contacts with all other people (going to a park, forest, etc).

3. Follow the requirements for health security:

  • (a) wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water and disinfect if necessary, considering that the virus can spread from contaminated objects;
  • b) avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth and nose with your hands;
  • c) air the rooms regularly (at least twice a day, at least 15 minutes at a time);
  • d) when coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a paper towel or your sleeve (throw the paper away immediately and then wash your hands).

4. If you have to go out in public in order to obtain the essential items, wear the mask, if possible. 5. If you or someone else in your household develop the symptoms of the disease, then

  • (a) call the family doctor or family doctor's helpline tel 1220 as soon as possible;
  • (b) tell them that you have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19;
  • (c) describe your health status and follow the medical instructions;

If your health deteriorates suddenly, then call 112. NB! When calling the emergency medical services, make sure you provide them with information regarding your contact with a person infected with COVID-19.

If you have symptoms of the disease, do not go to the emergency department or to the family doctor yourself, ask for advice and instructions over the phone first.

Last updated: 12.10.2020 10:02

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There is no virus-specific treatment for the coronavirus COVID-19 and it is only possible to ease the symptoms. The World Health Organization has not yet recommended any medicines to be taken into the treatment scheme. Some countries have experimented with treating the coronavirus with malaria medicine but experimental treatment is not practiced in Estonia.

Last updated: 07.04.2020 09:30

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Studies have shown that an infected person is infectious up to 14 days after he becomes symptomatic. So it is necessary to stay in isolation for at least 14 days.

A person is considered recovered and can exit isolation if

  • he has been without a fever for at least 72 hours and
  • the symptoms of an acute infection have receded.

The decision about recovery is made by a doctor.

No repeat testing is done to patients who have suffered through the SARS-CoV-2 infection and been declared recovered.

If a person has been hospitalised, getting declared recovered depends on his condition. Generally, hospitals recommend staying at home for another two weeks after being released from the hospital. This does not apply to persons who have light symptoms but have still been hospitalised for some reason.

The virus can be detected in a laboratory for even up to 37 days but the patient is not infectious anymore.

Staying in isolation for 14 days is necessary even if all the symptoms disappear in a few days. This helps to prevent the spread of the virus.

All instructions come from the family doctor or the treating physician both when recovering at home and in a hospital. The doctors' recommendations must be followed.

Last updated: 01.10.2020 09:36

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More information about the coronavirus and restrictions related to it is available calling 1247 (from abroad +372 600 1247).