Protecting Yourself and Others
Guidelines on how to protect yourself and others from contracting COVID-19.
How the virus is spread
To protect yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important to think about how the virus is spread.
Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets. To infect you, it has to get from an infected person's nose or mouth into your eyes, nose or mouth. This can be direct or indirect (on hands, objects, surfaces). Keep this in mind. It will help you remember all the things you need to do to protect yourself and others from the virus.
Click here for more information on how to protect yourself and others.
The difference between restricted movements and self-isolation
Restricting your movements means staying at home as much as possible to avoid contact with other people. It helps to stop the spread of COVID-19.
When you should restrict your movements:
Restrict your movements for 14 days if you:
- Are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 and you are not fully vaccinated
- Live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19, but you feel well
- Arrive in Ireland from another country, in some cases. Please click here for more information on arriving in Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Self-isolation (Stay in your room) means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with any other people. This includes the people that you live with.
When you should self isolate:
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated
- If you are waiting for a test appointment or your test results, if you have symptoms of COVID-19
- If you have had a positive test result for COVID-19, even if you have mild symptoms or no symptoms
- If you have arrived into Ireland from a Designated State
- If you are a close contact of someone who has arrived into Ireland from a designated state, who tested positive for COVID-19
Please click here for more information on how to self-isolate.
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