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Stay at home as much as possible Limit contact with other people Keep your distance if you do go out (stay 2 metres apart) Wash your hands well and often Work from home if you can Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is an established method to help prevent the further spread of infections such as COVID-19, and we are now using this approach to help prevent the spread of the virus.

What should I do if I’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms but hasn’t tested positive?

If the person you have been in contact with has not tested positive for COVID-19, you do not need to self-isolate. You should continue to social distance and stay at home as much as possible.

If you start to develop COVID-19 symptoms you should self-isolate and book a test.

Key messages:

  • Monitor your health: As you have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus symptoms, you should start to monitor your own health. If you develop a continuous cough, high temperature or loss of taste or smell, you should self-isolate immediately.
  • Follow government advice: If you do not have symptoms you do not need to self-isolate. If you have to leave your house for essential travel, you should follow current government advice on social distancing.

What should I do if I’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

You should:

  • Self-isolate for 14 days: As you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should self-isolate for 14 days from when you were in contact with that person.
  • Monitor your health: If you develop a continuous cough, high temperature or loss of taste or smell, you should book a test.

If you start to develop COVID-19 symptoms you should continue to self-isolate and book a test https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/.

Why are we contact tracing?

The purpose of contact tracing services is to track and prevent further spread of infections by identifying people who may have come into contact with an infected person.

By collecting further information about people who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, we can notify them to self-isolate.

Contact tracing will protect the community, save lives and help us to avoid a future lockdown.

Find out more about contact tracing at https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus/testing-and-tracing-covid-19/contact-tracing-faqs