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COVID-19

Who should be self -quarantined?

1. Travellers coming from countries/territories/areas with active transmission of COVID-19 as analysed and designated by the Ministry of Health/ Ghana Health Service (refer to the list of countries) shall be in self-quarantine for 14 days.

2. Any individual who has been in close contact with a person confirmed to be having coronavirus disease should be self-quarantined for 14 days since the last contact with the confirmed case.

What does self-quarantine mean?

This is a transparent self-restriction of persons’ activities when they are not ill with COVID-19 for the purpose of protecting unexposed members of the community from contracting the disease should any at risk person become sick. It also facilitates early detection of the disease for rapid implementation of response measures. It therefore helps to prevent the spread of the disease to close friends, relatives and community members.

This is particularly important for persons who are classified as close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case. Close contacts are individuals who have been in proximity of less than 1 meter to a confirmed case from 2 days prior to symptom onset of the case and as long as the person is symptomatic.

Close contacts are required to stay at their homes, hotel room or any identified accommodation without mixing with the general public or family members for 14 days since the last contact with the confirmed case.

Self-quarantined individuals will be followed up by surveillance officers either via phone or via physical visits (in appropriate PPEs) during the period of quarantine.

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