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New rules: If you live with someone infected with Covid – stay at home

If you live with someone who has been affected by Covid-19, you should stay at home. It’s one of several new rules to reduce the spread of infection.
All adults and upper high school pupils who live in the same household as a corona-infected person must stay at home.
All adults and upper high school pupils who live in the same household as a corona-infected person must stay at home.
Foto: Mikael Fritzon/TT

Anyone who lives in the same household as someone who has Covid-19 could be infected themselves. Therefore, everyone should stay at home.

This applies even if you have no symptoms yourself.

– This is another step in the work of preventing the spread of infection. This means that we can also pick up people who are infected but don’t show any symptoms, says Birgitta Holmgren, Assistant Infection Control Doctor at Region Skåne, in a press release.

Birgitta Holmgren, Assistant Infection Control Doctor at Region Skåne.
Birgitta Holmgren, Assistant Infection Control Doctor at Region Skåne.
Foto: privat

The new rules apply to adults, those in secondary school and those who share a household with someone who is Covid-positive.

The new rules do not apply to children in preschool or primary school. Children are less likely to infect others. Region Skåne also says that it’s important that children receive their education.

Everyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by Region Skåne's infection tracker. Now, people that live with someone who is infected will also be contacted.

– This means that we’re working with contact tracing a lot more now, says Birgitta Holmgren.

Facts

The new rules

Region Skåne's new rules for people who share households with people who are infected:
• Work or study from home for at least seven days. If you can’t work from home, you can apply for quarantine allowance from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan).
• Meet as few people as possible, keep your distance outdoors and don’t participate in activities where you meet others.
• Do not travel by public transport, mobility services or taxi.
• Only shop in supermarkets or pharmacies if you absolutely have to (if you have no symptoms at all).
• Wash your hands often and use hand sanitiser.
• Avoid eating together. If possible, don’t share a bathroom.
• If you have contact with people who work in healthcare, you should let them know that someone in your household has Covid-19.