Special precaution is used when an individual has been informed of possible exposure to COVID-19 but no quarantine is considered necessary. The individual may have had contact with or frequented the same place as an individual subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19. The date of the individual’s proximity to the infected person is called date of exposure. You can receive notification of possible exposure from:
Tracing team: proximity to an infected individual is / has been minimal.
The Rakning C-19 app.
Special precaution is not a formally dictated quarantine, but it is very important to be careful and pay special attention to personal infection control:
Limit your contact with vulnerable individuals and others as much as possible. Do not have contact with individuals in quarantine.
Watch closely for symptoms. If symptoms occur, get tested immediately.
Those who need to take special precautions due to their proximity to an infected individual are obliged to take a rapid antigen test on the first and fourth day, but by registering for special precautions, you will automatically be registered for a rapid antigen test and receive a bar code for it. Results from the rapid antigen test are received via text message. You can follow the status of your test here. If the result of the rapid antigen test has not been received after 1 hour, you can check with Heilsuvera using their online chat.
If the test result on the fourth day is negative, you are free from special precautions but still need to be alert for symptoms for 14 days after exposure.
Main symptoms of COVID-19: Fever, cough, cold symptoms, sore throat, weakness, tiredness, headache, bone pain, sudden change of sense of smell and taste, vomiting and diarrhea.
People with symptoms of COVID-19 should go immediately for testing. A test can be ordered on Heilsuvera. Those with symptoms should not show up at a health care center or doctor´s office without first contacting the office.
If you have electronic ID you can order a test through Mínar síður at heilsuvera.is
If you do not have electronic ID, you can order a test from a health center during daytime hours, or outside daytime hours at Læknavaktinn at 1700 (+354 544 4113). In an emergency, call 112.
If the test results are negative (the virus was not found), results will be sent via text message. You can check the status of your test at visit.covid.is . If the result is positive (virus is found), you will be contacted by phone. A positive result always leads to isolation, irrelevant of vaccination status. Information and a web chat for questions are available here in the right bottom corner.