It is recommended that you quarantine if you have tested positive with a PCR og quick test.
If you have tested positive with a PCR or quick test, you should quarantine.
To quarantine means:
- You stay at home and only have contact with people in your household.
- Maintain a distance of no less than 2 metres from others in the household. Sleep alone and avoid staying in the same room as the others for long periods. Use a separate bathroom. If this is not possible, make sure you clean any handles and taps before others use them. This is particularly important if you live with people at risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
If you have symptoms:
- If at least 48 hours have passed since you last noticed any symptoms, you are no longer regarded as contagious, and you can be released from your quarantine. But the quarantine period should be not less than 4 days.
- You may also leave your quarantine when you have been ill for 10 days and have been fever-free for 48 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication such as paracetamol), provided you are feeling well and only notice minor symptoms such as a loss of taste and smell, a light cough, headaches or fatigue.
- Most people infected with COVID-19 only experience mild symptoms that last for a short time. If you develop severe symptoms, it is recommended that you contact a doctor.
If you do not have symptoms:
- You are not regarded as contagious and may leave your quarantine 4 days after receiving your positive test result.
- You should not take further tests at this time as the results may come out positive for weeks after your recovery.
Children who test positive for COVID-19 should follow the same quarantine guidelines as adults and should stay at home until they are no longer contagious.
Since children have a greater need than adults for comfort and care, a hug may be more important than physical distance. To minimise close contact between the infected child and others in the household, it is recommended that, to the extent possible, only parents or other caregivers who look after the child have close physical contact with the child.
The quarantine period can be difficult for adults and children alike, and quarantined people are advised to live as normally as possible during this period. Adults are advised to help their children maintain contacts with their friends in a safe manner.
For people who have been directly exposed to an infected person, a distinction is made between close contacts and other contacts.
You are considered a close contact if you have been exposed to an infected person less than 48 hours prior to the person testing positive for COVID-19 or developing symptoms, and if one of the following scenarios apply to you:
- You live with the infected person
- You are in a relationship with the infected person, but you do not live together
- You share a room with the infected person e.g. in a student’s residence hall
- You have spent the night with the infected person
Recommendations for close contacts:
- Close contacts should get a PCR test three days after the infected person was confirmed positive.
You are classified in the ’other contacts’ category if you have been exposed to an infected person less than 48 hours prior to the person testing positive for COVID-19 or developing symptoms, and if the scenarios for ‘close contacts’ do not apply to you. Examples of ‘other contacts’ include:
- Work colleagues
- Classmates at schools or daycare centres
- People you have engaged with at social events, leisure activities or in public spaces
Recommendations for other contacts:
- Other contacts should get a quick test three days after the infected person was confirmed positive.
Practice caution be alert for possible symptoms and get tested if you notice any symptoms.
Travellers to the Faroe Islands are advised to be cautious during the first days after arrival.
You should get tested (quick test) 2 days after arrival or if you have symptoms. If the quick test is positive, you should get the result confirmed with a PCR test as soon as possible.
If you arrive from a “high-risk” country, you should home quarantine for 10 days. This period can be shortened if you can show a negative PCR test result taken no more than six days after arrival in the Faroes.
Contacts who have had COVID-19 within the past 6 weeks:
- You should not take a new test if you have recently been exposed to an infected person. The reason for this is that test results may come out positive weeks after recovering from COVID-19.
- If you do not feel any symptoms, you are not required to quarantine, even if you share a house with an infected person.
- If you feel symptoms, you are recommended to quarantine until you have been symptom-free for 48 hours.
Questions & Answers
If you have symptoms:
- the days in quarantine are to be counted from the first day of symptoms (the duration of the quarantine should be at least 4 days)
If you do not have symptoms:
- the days in quarantine are to be counted from the day you were tested positive.
When in quarantine you may go for a drive (by yourself) or take a walk outside. It is very important that you do not come into contact with other people during this time.