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 isolation rules at home 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. Landspítali University Hospital has issued clear advice for people in isolation.
Main rules for isolation at home:
Must stay in your home.
Need to stay away from other people.
May not meet with friends or family.
May not go to work.
May not go out for a walk or exercise.
May not use public transport.
May leave home to access necessary health care, after consulting health care prefosional. You should always call ahead to arrange your visit.
In case of emergency call 112.
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: A doctor may end isolation for a healthy person, if 10 days have passed since a positive test and the person has been asymptomatic for at least 3 days.
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 all in isolation together: When the first individual has recovered, he/she can be discharged (as above) despite the fact that others remain in isolation. It is important that the recovered person cleans him/herself well before leaving the home. It must also be ensured that clothing and other items that are taken out of the home are clean and have not been handled by those who are still in isolation. It is important that all members of the household adhere to strict personal hygiene and thoroughly clean the house when everyone´s isolation is lifted. Cohabitants applies to everyone in the same home, 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.