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Close contact and 'other contact'

If you have been in contact with a person infected with novel coronavirus, you are at risk of being infected. You can either be what we call a 'close contact' or an 'other contact'.

 

Close contact

1. What is a close contact?

You are considered a close contact if you have been close to an infected person during one of the following periods:
  • Infected person with symptoms: From 48 hours before the person’s symptoms started and until the infected person can stop self-isolating.
  • Infected person without symptoms: From 48 hours before the person was tested and until the infected person can stop self-isolating.

Furthermore, at least one of the following criteria have to apply to you:

  • You live with the infected person.
  • The infected person is your boyfriend/girlfriend, but you do not live together.
  • The infected person is your roommate at your boarding school, folk school, camp or the like.
  • You have stayed overnight with the infected person, or the infected person has stayed overnight with you.

The criteria for being a close contact apply to children and adults alike.

You will typically be notified that you are a close contact by the person who has become infected.

2. What you should do if  you are a close contact?

If you are a close contact and you have not been infected within the past 12 weeks

  • We recommend that you get tested with a rapid antigen test or a PCR test 3 days after the infected person tested positive for covid-19. You do not have to self-isolate.
  • If you develop symptoms of covid-19, we recommend that you self-isolate and take a PCR test as soon as possible.

These recommendations apply even if you cannot keep your distance to the infected person in your home. Please pay particular attention to following our top recommendations on how to prevent the spread of infection.

If you are a close contact and you have been infected yourself within the past 12 weeks.

  • You do not have to get tested or self-isolate.
  • If you develop symptoms of covid-19, we recommend that you self-isolate and take a PCR test as soon as possible.

These recommendations apply even if you cannot keep your distance from the infected person in your home. Please pay particular attention to following our top recommendations on how to prevent the spread of infection.


3. How do I get tested if I am a close contact?

If you are a close contact, we recommend that you take a rapid antigen test or a PCR test 3 days after the infected person tested positive for covid-19.

Rapid antigen test:

You do not have to book an appointment for a rapid antigen test.

Find covid-19 test centre

PCR test:

  1. Book an appointment for a PCR test at coronaprover.dk
  2. In order to book a PCR test on coronaprover.dk you need a specific number from the infected person. The infected person can look up this number on sundhed.dk. Furthermore, you need to know the infected person’s test date.

4. Can I get vaccinated if I am a close contact?

Yes. You can get vaccinated while you wait for the result of a covid-test. If you are self-isolating, you must wait to get vaccinated until you can break self-isolation.

If you have already been ill with covid-19, we recommend that you wait to get vaccinated until 1 month after recovering.


5. If I test positive for covid-19 as a close contact

If you test positive as a close contact, you must follow the recommendations on self-isolation for infected people. Learn more at If you test positive for covid-19.

You can stop self-isolating even if other infected people in your household are still self-isolating. This applies even if you cannot keep your distance from other infected members of your household.


'Other contact'

1. What is a 'other contact'?

If you have been close to someone infected with covid-19 whom you do not live with, you might still have become infected. You are classified as an ‘other contact’ if someone in your circle of family/friends/colleagues has become infected. For example:

  • Colleagues you have stood or sat next to at work;
  • People you have had lunch or dinner with;
  • Guests in your home;
  • People you have sat next to at a meeting with/had classes with;
  • Classmates in the regular class or all the children in the section in the childcare institution;
  • Boarding school classmates and the like with whom you have not shared a room;
  • If you have attended an event with one or more infected persons.

You are an ‘other contact’ if you have been close to the infected person during one of the following periods:

  • Infected person with symptoms: From 48 hours before the person’s symptoms started and until the infected person can stop self-isolating.
  • Infected person without symptoms: From 48 hours before the person was tested and until the infected person can stop self-isolating.

You will typically learn that you are an ‘other contact’ by being notified by:

  • The person who has tested positive for covid-19.
  • Through the Smitte│stop app.
  • The management at your place of work/school/other institution.

2. What you should do if  you are an 'other contact'?

If you are an ‘other contact’ and you have not been infected within the past 12 weeks

  • We recommend that you get tested with a rapid antigen test or a self-test 3 days after the infected person tested positive for covid-19.
  • If you develop symptoms of covid-19, we recommend that you self-isolate and take a PCR test as soon as possible.

Please pay particular attention to following the recommendations on how to prevent the spread of infection.

If you are an ‘other contact’ and have been infected yourself within the past 12 weeks.

  • You do not have to get tested or self-isolate.
  • If you develop symptoms of covid-19, we recommend that you self-isolate and take a PCR test as soon as possible.

Please pay particular attention to following the recommendations on how to prevent the spread of infection.

General guidance on how to prevent the spread of infection


3. How do I get tested if I am an ‘other contact’?

Rapid antigen test:If you are an ‘other contact’, we recommend taking a rapid antigen test or a self-test 3 days after the infected person tested positive for covid-19. If you develop symptoms of covid-19, we recommend that you take a PCR test.

Rapid antigen test:

You do not have to book an appointment for a rapid antigen test.

Find covid-19 test centre

PCR test:

  1. Book an appointment for a PCR test at coronaprover.dk
  2. In order to book a PCR test on coronaprover.dk you need a specific number from the infected person. The infected person can look up this number on sundhed.dk. Furthermore, you need to know the infected person’s test date.

4. Can I get vaccinated if I am an ‘other contact’?

Yes. You can get vaccinated while you wait for the result of a covid-test. If you are self-isolating, you must wait to get vaccinated until you can break self-isolation.

If you have already been ill with covid-19, we recommend that you wait to get vaccinated until 1 month after recovering.


Updated 26 JAN 2022