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Positive at Covid-19: the isolation rules

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

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If you have symptoms suggestive of Covid-19, pending the outcome of the virological test, or have tested positive in Covid-19, you should isolate yourself. Isolation times differ depending on your vaccination pattern (complete, incomplete or not vaccinated). Given the current rebound of the epidemic and thee wave whose peak is expected at the end of July, Service-Public.fr reminds you of the current isolation and screening rules.

Isolation is the period during which a person with symptoms or positive to Covid-19 must remain at home and strictly limit all contact with other people. This helps protect the most vulnerable people, avoid contaminating other people and thus break the chain of contamination. Isolation time and health guidelines depend on your vaccination status.

See the infographic Isolation rules ” of the Ministry of Health.

Person with symptoms evocative of the Covid

As soon as symptoms appear (fever or feeling of fever, coughing, headache, sore throat, bending, unusual tiredness, diarrhoea...), you must:

  • immediately perform an antigenic test (if the test is positive, a confirmatory RT-PCR test is required) or a RT-PCR, regardless of your vaccine status, history of infection or risk contact status;
  • isolate yourself while waiting for the result and respect the gestures barriers with your loved ones;
  • prepare a list of people you have been in contact with within 48 hours of the date of onset of symptoms (people living under the same roof, friends, colleagues sharing your office...);
  • telework whenever possible.

While waiting for the test result, you are considered a confirmed case and must therefore remain isolated and protect your loved ones.

Positive persons with full vaccination and positive children under 12 years of age

Positive persons with a complete vaccination plan and positive children under 12 years of age, regardless of their vaccination status, must:

  • isolate yourself strictly for 7 full days from the date on which the symptoms begin or the date on which the positive test was taken;
  • perform an antigenic test or a RT-PCR test on 5e day:
    • if the test is negative and if symptoms have not been present for 48 hours, isolation can be ended after 5 days;
    • if the test is positive or if there is no test on 5e day, isolation must be continued until 7e day, no new test to be performed after the isolation.

It is important to monitor your health during this period and to contact your doctor in case of worsening symptoms or unusual symptoms. If you have difficulty breathing, call 15 or 114 immediately for the deaf or hard of hearing.

  Please note : If the antigenic test is positive, you must confirm the result with a RT-PCR test.

It is recommended to respect the barrier gestures (wearing of the mask and hygiene measures) during the 7 days following the exit from the isolation.

Positive persons not vaccinated or with incomplete vaccination scheme

Persons who are not vaccinated or who have an incomplete vaccination plan (recall not completed) must:

  • isolate yourself strictly for 10 days maximum after the start date of the symptoms or the date of collection of the positive test;
  • perform an antigenic test or RT-PCR on 7e day after the date of the start of the symptoms or the date on which the positive test was taken:
    • if the test is negative and there have been no symptoms for 48 hours, isolation can be ended on the 7the day
    • if the test is positive or if no test is performed, isolation must be continued until 10e day without new test to be performed.

In case of temperature at the end of isolation, it is preferable to contact your doctor. Indeed, it is better to wait 48 hours for the fever to disappear before ending its isolation.

Monitor your health and contact your doctor in case of worsening unusual signs or symptoms.

In case of difficulty breathing, call 15 (or 114 for deaf or hard of hearing people) immediately.

  Please note : it is recommended to respect the barrier gestures (wearing of the mask and hygiene measures) during the 7 days following the release of the positive case.

  FYI : Since February 9, 2022, Medicare has been offering an online tool: List my contacts cases . It allows Covid-19-positive people to easily list the people they have been in contact with before their Covid-19 infection.

Contact cases are people with whom you have been in contact without barrier measures and if you and your contact did not wear a maximum protection mask (surgical mask of category 1 or mask FFP2):

  • within the last 48 hours before the onset of symptoms if you have any;
  • in the 7 days before taking if you do not have symptoms.

With this online service, Health Insurance will be able to send the right health instructions tailored to their situation very quickly and directly to these individuals. Declaring your contacts on this online service will make it easier for you to support them (testing, work stoppage...).

Work Stop

If you need a work stoppage, you can request it on the dedicated online service declare ameli . This judgement will be compensated without a day of deficiency and with an employer supplement. Positive patients who have received a Health Insurance SMS are encouraged to go directly to the online service to request their cessation.

If your health condition is not stabilised after isolation, your GP may extend your stay.

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