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Coronavirus

For health information and advice, read our pages on coronavirus. Information for healthcare professionals is available on hpsc.ie

Staff who have returned from a place with spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

This information is for HSE staff who have returned from a place where there is spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The advice you should follow depends on whether you have direct contact with patients or not. This advice is based on the fact that you have contact with vulnerable patients in a healthcare setting and to protect them from possible infection.

If you have direct contact with patients

Direct contact with patients means if you work in a healthcare setting caring for patients you are otherwise involved in patient care including:

  • patient assessment for triage
  • entering examination or patient rooms
  • cleaning patient environments

Contact your local Department of Public Health before returning to work if you were in a place where there is spread of coronavirus.

Places where there is a spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • the following regions in Italy - Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna or Piedmont

If you do not have direct contact with patients

If you do not have direct contact with patients but have returned from a place where there is spread of coronavirus, you should follow the general advice for people who have been in an affected area.

Direct contact with patients mean you work in a healthcare setting caring for patients or you are otherwise involved in patient care including:

  • patient assessment for triage
  • entering examination or patient rooms
  • cleaning patient environments

Related content

For further information for healthcare workers visit hspc.ie

Read advice for all other people who have been in an affected area or in contact with a confirmed case.

Page last reviewed: 04/03/2020
Next review due: 04/03/2023