Close contacts and contact tracing

Introduction

If you are a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should watch out for symptoms of COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms, self-isolate and check if you need to get a COVID-19 test.

Listing your close contacts

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to list people you live with on the HSE website.

You only need to provide details of people you live with if they:

You should include people you live with in the 48 hours before your symptoms started.

If you test positive for COVID-19 but you do not have symptoms, you should include people you live with in the 24 hours before your test took place.

Contact tracing is confidential. Anyone listed as a close contact will not know it was you who gave their contact details. Contact tracing means finding finding people who live with someone who has COVID-19. This work is done by contact tracers.

What happens if I am a close contact?

If you are a close contact, you may get a text message from the HSE about what you need to do.

If you are a close contact with symptoms

If you are a close contact and have symptoms of COVID-19, you need to self-isolate. Do this even if you are fully vaccinated, had a booster vaccine or had a positive test in the past 3 months.

You may also need to get a COVID-19 test.

If you are a close contact with no symptoms

You do not need to self-isolate if you have no symptoms. You should watch out for symptoms of COVID-19 and take care to protect others.

Antigen testing in primary school and childcare

You can request free antigen tests for your child if they are aged over 4 and there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their class in in school, pre-school or childcare.

You do not have get your child tested if you don't want to. You request these free tests from your child's school principal or childcare facility manager. Read more information on school, childcare and COVID-19

Page edited: 1 March 2022