Isolation is for those who have a confirmed COVID-19 infection but do not need a hospital stay. In such case you will need to follow Instructions for persons under home-based isolation and remain at home or in a place designated by the National Civil Protection Authorities and the health centre at each location. Healthcare professionals will be in regular contact with you while you are in isolation. More than one who have been diagnosed as infected may reside together in isolation.
Isolation is a stricter measure than quarantine and places, therefore, increased requirements on the person in isolation, in excess of on the person in quarantine.
Other members of the household may be in quarantine in the same location if they prefer not to leave the home. In such case they must limit contact with the person who is in isolation as much as possible, preferably staying at least two metres from the infected person. If several people within the household fall ill, the period of time for which other members of the household need to be in quarantine shall be extended.
Easily readable information on the coronavirus can be found here. The information was prepared by the National Association of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.
The employees of the COVID-19 team at Landspítali University Hospital conduct phone consultations with people being discharged from isolation.
Isolation due to COVID-19 may be lifted by a physician when BOTH of the following conditions are met:
14 days have passed since the diagnosis AND
the patient has been without symptoms for at least 7 days
Doctors from the COVID-19 team at Landspítali University Hospital conduct phone consultations with people being discharged from isolation.
Asymptomatic persons: The requirement is made that persons have been fever-free and not feeling ill, coughing, had respiratory distress and a runny nose for a week and 14 days have passed since a positive screening test.
Cohabiting persons who are in isolation and quarantine together: A screening sample can release persons cohabiting with a person in isolation from quarantine once the isolation period of the person infected ends according to the decision of a COVID-19 team physician. Cohabiting persons will automatically be sent a bar-code with a notification to attend screening. Cohabiting persons means all persons in the same household, including children who are not completely separated from the isolated person.
Cohabitants who are all isolated together: Once the first member of the group recovers from COVID-19, they may be discharged from isolation (as provided for above), on the condition that the remaining members remain in isolation and distanced from the person who has recovered. If it is not possible to separate the person recovered from the other persons still ill, they must all be kept together and the isolation obligation will not be lifted until the last person is discharged from isolation. It is important that all members of the household clean themselves and the home thoroughly before the isolation obligation is removed. Cohabitants applies to everyone in the same household, including children.
Healthcare professionals: The same rules apply to healthcare professionals as to everybody else. Account should be taken, however, of the tasks each person performs when they return to work (vulnerable groups). A doctor and supervisor assess the situation on a case-by-case basis.