The French health insurance website service, Ameli, states:
“Even vaccinated, it is recommended to continue to respect the barrier measures, to continue to wear a mask and to isolate oneself if necessary.
“As far as we know, vaccines currently available or in development reduce the severity of symptoms and appear to reduce contagiousness. “
This question was raised after French Prime Minister Jean Castex declared himself a contact case (contact case) after his wife tested positive for Covid-19 on June 9.
Mr Castex is not yet fully vaccinated, having received his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 19, but even if he was, under French rules, fully vaccinated people are still subject to the contact case rules.
What makes someone a contact case?
- You share the same living space as the confirmed or probable positive case
- You have direct face-to-face contact with a person positive for Covid-19, less than a meter away, for an indefinite period. People you meet briefly in a public space don’t count
- You receive care or medical help from a person positive for Covid-19
- You share a confined space (office or meeting room, personal vehicle, etc.) for at least 15 consecutive minutes or accumulated over 24 hours with a positive case, or you have been face to face with a positive case for several minutes they have coughed or sneezed
- You are a student or teacher in the same school class as a positive case (nursery, primary, secondary, university tutoring group).
How do you know you are a contact case?
Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will be asked to provide the French health insurance, Assurance Maladie, with a list of their recent close contacts. Health Insurance will then contact these people.
You can also be notified via the TousAntiCovid phone tracking and traceability application.
What if you are a contact case?
If you do not live with the person:
You should immediately perform a rapid antigen test. If the test is negative, you must adhere to a seven-day self-isolation period. After these seven days and without symptoms, you do another test (antigen or PCR). if this test is negative, your self-isolation may end.
If you live with the person:
You should immediately perform a rapid antigen test. If it is negative, you must remain in isolation for seven days after the person who is positive for Covid-19 has recovered.
For a person with symptoms of Covid-19, recovery occurs 10 days after the onset of symptoms. This means that the contact case will have to self-isolate for a total of 17 days, passing the second Covid-19 test on day 17.
For a person without symptoms, you must remain in self-isolation for 17 days after the positive case first tests positive for Covid-19 and then take a second test.
In the case of Mr. Castex, he is considered to be housed separately from his wife. They both live at the Hôtel de Matignon in Paris, but in different rooms.
For more information on what to do if you’re a contact case, check out Ameli’s website here.
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