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

Publié le 23 mars 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 in 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 outside and inside, while waiting for the result of the test, to be done two days after contact. Find instructions to follow with Service-Public.fr.

You have been with someone in a context where you are at risk of contamination and you learn that they have been tested positive in Covid-19, or you are informed of this situation by the TousAntiCovid application, or by Health Insurance: you contact. Due to the more favourable health situation, the protocol to be observed in these circumstances evolves, following the opinion of the High Council of Public Health.

Since March 21, 2022, there is no distinction between vaccinated and non-vaccinated persons. Even if you are not vaccinated, you no longer have to observe an immediate quarantine, unlike the previous protocol. This rule also applies in schools.

Two days after the contact situation, you must perform a test, free of charge in this circumstance (TAG, RT-PCR or autotest).

Pending the 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.

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 wearing the mask both outdoors and indoors (especially in places with 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 it is positive, but it is an antigenic test or a self-test, confirmation by RT-PCR is required. While waiting for the result, you are considered a positive case and you should 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.

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

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

If you have been with a person tested positive, even though you already had the Covid less than 2 months ago, you are not considered a contact case.

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.

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