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Contact Case

I have been in contact with a person sick with Covid-19: what should I do?

Publié le 06 juillet 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

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Since March 21, 2022, if you have been with a person tested positive at Covid-19, you no longer have to isolate yourself, whether you are vaccinated or not. You must strictly apply the barrier measures, including wearing a mask outdoors and indoors, while waiting for the test result, to be done two days after contact. Due to the current rebound of the epidemic and the 7e wave whose peak is expected at the end of July, Service-Public.fr reminds you of the instructions to follow if you are contact.

You have been with a person in a context where you are exposed to a risk of contamination that has been tested positive in Covid-19. You have been informed of this situation by the positive case or by the Health Insurance (by SMS or telephone) or by the application TousAntiCovid: you contact.

According to the opinion of the High Council for Public Health, the protocol to be observed in these circumstances has evolved since 21 March 2022, there are no isolation guidelines for contact cases and the requirements for testing are identical regardless of your age and vaccination status. This rule also applies in schools.

Two days after being notified by the Health Insurance or by the positive person, you must perform a test, free of charge in this circumstance (antigenic test (TAG), RT-PCR or self-test).

Pending test result you must :

  • strictly apply barrier measures, including the wearing of the mask in and out of contact with other persons;
  • Limit your contacts, especially with fragile people;
  • avoid any contact with people at serious risk;
  • telework whenever possible;
  • inform all people with whom you have been close 2 days after your last contact with the positive person at Covid-19 by recommending that they limit their social and family contacts and monitor the possible appearance of symptoms, with an immediate diagnostic test in case of symptoms, regardless of their age.

If your test is negative, you must:

  • monitor your temperature and any symptoms and perform an antigenic or RT-PCR test immediately if they occur;
  • strictly apply barrier measures, including the wearing of the mask outdoors and indoors (especially in places frequented by the public), limit your contacts, avoid contact with people at risk of serious Covid-19, and telework as far as possible;
  • wear the mask at home, if you share your home with the positive person at Covid-19.

If your test is positive you must:

  • in the case of a positive self-test: confirm the result immediately with a RT-PCR test and isolate yourself while waiting for the result;
  • in the case of a positive antigenic test: confirm the result with a RT-PCR test within 24 hours and isolate yourself while waiting for the result. Health Insurance will contact you by SMS or telephone to give you the sanitary instructions;
  • in the case of a positive RT-PCR test: isolate yourself immediately, Health Insurance will contact you by SMS or phone to give you the sanitary instructions.

Pending the outcome of the PCR test, you are considered a positive case and you must isolate yourself. For the record, the positive result of an antigenic test is used as a justification for Health Insurance's support of the RT-PCR confirmation test.

  Please note : for children under 3 years old, only the antigenic test or RT-PCR is recommended.

  Reminder : If your antigenic or PCR test is positive, isolation rules apply differently than:

  • you are vaccinated : you have to isolate yourself for 7 days. You can reduce this isolation to 5 days if you repeat an antigenic or RT-PCR test with negative results and if you have no symptoms for 48 hours. This also applies to children under 12 years of age, whether vaccinated or not.
  • you are not vaccinated, or not completely: you have to isolate yourself for 10 days. You can reduce this isolation to 7 days if you repeat an antigenic or RT-PCR test with negative results and if you have no symptoms for 48 hours.

What is a "person case contact"?

Contact at risk of contamination is any person who has been in contact with a positive person at Covid-19 without effective protective measures, which are:

  • physical separation of the contact person from the confirmed or probable case by creating two spaces without communication (glass, Hygiaphone®);
  • a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask, or a fabric mask category 1, worn by the confirmed or probable case or the person in contact case.

AND

  • having had direct contact with the positive person at Covid-19, face-to-face, within 2 metres, regardless of the duration (example: conversation, meals, physical contact);
  • having given or received positive (or probably positive) acts of hygiene or personal care at Covid-19;
  • having shared an interior space (office or meeting room, personal vehicle...) for at least 15 consecutive or cumulative minutes over 24h with the positive person or having stayed face-to-face with her during several episodes of coughing or sneezing.

  Please note : if you have been with a person tested positive, when you already had the Covid less than 2 months ago, you are not considered contact case.

Who to contact?

if you are a case contact, you can contact tracing on 09 74 75 76 78 from 8:30 to 17:30.

If you have any questions regarding Covid-19, please call 0 800 130 000 (free call).

If you have any questions about your health, you can contact your doctor.

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