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The Guideline for Home quarantine

The Guideline for Home quarantine

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The Guideline for Home quarantine / Quarantine in non-health care settings

Home quarantining” refers to keeping visibly healthy, possible high-risk contacts separately at non-health care settings. High-risk contacts include individuals returning to Sri Lanka from countries where local transmission has been established for coronavirus infection, and those who had maintained close contact with a suspected or diagnosed case of COVID- 19. Such high-risk contacts must be home quarantined for 14 days to prevent community transmission.

1. Allocate a separate room with adequate ventilation at home if possible. Household members should stay in another room or should be separated from the returnee.

2. Maintain at least one-meter distance from family members.

3. Other household members should use a separate bathroom. If sharing the same bathroom, cleaning taps, doorknobs, and utensils with soap and water is a requirement.

4. Minimize visitors to the house, the returnee should not interact with any visitors

5. Frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time and maintain alcohol-based hand hygiene in instances where hand washing facilities are inadequate

6. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with an unwashed hand

7. The home quarantined person is expected to monitor body temperature using a thermometer twice a day.  If he/she develops fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, sore throat, body aches, and pain, including flu-like symptoms, immediately inform MOH / PHI of the area

8. After use, disposable facemasks and gloves should be properly discarded without reuse, preferably in a closed container

9. Assign separate dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, and other items for the quarantined person

10. Used utensils, bed linen, and clothes should be washed with soap and water

Transportation of suspected  patient is arranged through 1990 on-call ambulance (Suwaseriya) service to the nearest government hospital or to the designated hospitals

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