Covid-19 Testing FAQ
Your questions answered
If you or a loved one is referred on for testing, we know that it can be a worrying and stressful time.
To put your mind at rest, we’re going to tell you everything we can about being tested for Covid-19 in Ireland. Whatever the results, we’re here to look after you always.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I am a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus?
Close contact can mean:
- spending more than 15 minutes of face-to-face contact within 2 metres of someone who has COVID-19, indoors or outdoors
- living in the same house or shared accommodation as someone who has COVID-19
- sitting within 2 seats of someone who has COVID-19 on public transport or an airplane
Spending more than 2 hours in an indoor space with someone who has COVID-19 will sometimes count as close or casual contact. This could be an office or a classroom. But it will depend on the size of the room and other factors. Public health doctors or contact tracers will let you know if you are at risk during contact tracing and public health risk assessments.
If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus you will receive either:
- a call from a contact tracer
- an alert on your mobile phone, if you are using the COVID tracker app.
Useful Numbers & Websites
- Call 1850 24 1850
- Access the HSE Website
- Access GP Video Consultations
- Access Online Prescription Services
- 24/7 phone access to a GP - 021 202 2860
- 24/7 phone access to a Nurse - 021 202 2861
24/7 Mental Wellbeing Support Programme
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