How to control?
“Close Contact” is considered to be a member of the academic community who has no symptoms at the moment (asymptomatic), but who had or may have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. The type of exposure of the close contact will determine the type of surveillance.
Close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 may be:
1) “High risk of exposure”, which is defined as:
a) Member of the academic community, from the same job (office, room, section, area up to 2 meters, of the patient);
b) Member of the academic community who was face-to-face with the Confirmed Case or who was with him in a closed space;
c) Member of the academic community who shared with the Confirmed Case dishes (plates, glasses, cutlery), towels or other objects or equipment that may be contaminated with sputum, blood, respiratory droplets.
2) “Low exposure risk” (casual), is defined as:
a) Member of the academic community who had sporadic (momentary) contact with the Confirmed Case (eg in movement / circulation during which exposure to respiratory droplets / secretions through face-to-face conversation for more than 15 minutes, coughing or sneezing );
b) Member (s) of the academic community who provided assistance to the Confirmed Case, provided that they have followed the preventive measures (eg proper use of the mask and gloves; respiratory label; hand hygiene).
For the purpose of managing contacts, the Local Health Authority, in close coordination with CEUAlg, should:
a) Identify, list and classify close contacts (including casual contacts);
b) Proceed with the necessary follow-up of contacts (call daily, inform, advise and refer, if necessary). In addition to basic hygiene measures, the procedures for active surveillance of Close Contacts should include, depending on the risk of exposure, the following guidelines:
In addition to basic hygiene measures, active surveillance procedures should, in these cases, include the following guidelines:
> Be aware of the appearance of fever, cough or difficulty breathing;
> Measure body temperature twice a day and record the values;
> Maintain academic and professional activities while asymptomatic;
> Avoid staying in very frequented and closed places, socially, if it is not essential;
> Check if any of the people with whom you live closely develop symptoms (fever, cough or difficulty breathing);
> Call the SNS24 line (808 24 24 24), in case any of the referred symptoms arise (in the person or in their neighbors).