New advice for healthcare professionals who have been in areas with ongoing transmission of coronavirus
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All employees in the health and care service who have been to areas with ongoing transmission of COVID-19 are being asked by the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health to remain at home for 14 days after their return.
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The change in the advice is due to recent developments with an increased number of confirmed cases. The aim is to reduce the risk of infection for employees in the health and care service and vulnerable patient groups.
The advice applies retrospectively for all travellers who have returned home from areas with ongoing transmission since 17th February and will be updated as the situation changes.
Employees in the health and care services and other travellers who develop respiratory symptoms within the first 14 days of returning home should isolate themselves at home and contact their GP by telephone. If they cannot contact their GP, they should call the emergency out-of-hours clinic (ring 116 117).
Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing or other respiratory symptoms.
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