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Definitions of close contacts to confirmed cases COVID-19

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The Norwegian definitions of close contact to confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 are based on definitions from the European Centre for Disease Control.

The Norwegian definitions of close contact to confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 are based on definitions from the European Centre for Disease Control.


Definition of close contacts (high risk exposure)

A distinction is made between "close contacts" who have been exposed to infection and "low risk contacts" who may have been exposed.

“Close contacts” means people who have been in close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 disease from 24 hours before symptom debut. One is considered to be a close contact for 14 days from and including the last contact with the confirmed case. 

Close contact means:

  • have lived in the same household as a person with confirmed COVID-19 disease
  • have been in direct physical contact (e.g. shaken hands) with someone with confirmed COVID-19 disease
  • have been in direct contact with saliva (e.g. been coughed upon) from someone with confirmed COVID-19 disease
  • have been in close contact with, or been near (closer than 2 metres), face to face with a person with confirmed COVID-19 disease for more than 15 minutes
  • have been in an enclosed space (e.g. a classroom, meeting room, waiting room etc.) with a person with confirmed COVID-19 disease for more than 15 minutes and closer than 2 metres
  • have nursed / treated a patient, handled sample material from, or otherwise had close physical contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 disease, without having used the recommended protective equipment
  • have sat near (within two seat rows in all directions) a person with confirmed COVID-19 disease on a plane, or near other close contacts on a plane
  • have been in the same travel group as a person with confirmed COVID-19 disease.

 

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Coronavirus

SARS-CoV-2 is the name of the virus that is causing the outbreak of COVID-19 disease.

The virus is related to another coronavirus that caused the SARS outbreak in 2002/2003 but is not the same virus.