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In close contact


Please read this link. You should be able to decide whether you were a CASUAL contact or a CLOSE contact. 

Even if you have been fully vaccinated, it is important to remember that you can still transmit the virus to others (but remain asymptomatic yourself), and also that vaccination is not successful in at least 5% of people.

For these reasons, if you become symptomatic or are identified as a close contact, then the same advice and restrictions that were previously in place still apply.

These guidelines are being updated regularly, so please continue to check back for new information.

This is only a guide but CASUAL contact can mean:

This is only a guide but CLOSE contact can mean:

For more information please read this link. on the HSE website.

Household contacts

If you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus:

Restrict your movements for 14 days, even if you feel well. 

The person who has symptoms should behave as if they have coronavirus and:

If their test is positive you will become a close contact. You will need to continue to restrict your movements and get tested.

If their test is negative, you no longer need to restrict your movements. 


All students MUST download Ireland’s national Covid tracker app. This will alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid and will allow Public Health to contact you and advise you as to what you should do. You can find out more information and how to download it here, and details on how it works here.

It is very important to note that ALL RCSI student are classified as healthcare workers, and for reasons of public safety, the conditions attached to healthcare workers are more stringent than for the general public. This is laid out in this document.

In particular, in relation to CASUAL CONTACTS, the advice is as follows:  

 7.1.1. Casual contacts should undergo passive follow-up where they self-monitor for symptoms. You must do this by completing the daily health log on Moodle. 

7.2.1. No restriction on movement, interactions with others or work is advised

In relation to CLOSE CONTACTS, the advice is

6.1.1. Close contacts of a confirmed case may not remain at work and should restrict movements and undergo active follow-up.

6.1.10. If they remain asymptomatic throughout the monitoring period, they may return to work after 14 days.

In a nutshell, this means that if you are identified as being a close contact with a Covid positive individual, then you will not be allowed to attend ANY / ALL RCSI SITES for a period of 14 days from your last contact with that person.

It is extremely important that you minimise your risk of becoming a close contact by strictly following the advice in relation to limiting your contacts and social distancing. Please note that repeated 14 day exclusions from clinical placements is likely to have an impact on your ability to achieve the learning outcomes and progress on time. 

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