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What should I do if I tested positive?



It depends on what type of test was performed. The recommended procedures may differ.

Antigen test performed by a layman (self-test) is positive

The result of the self-test (i.e., sampling and assessment of the test performed by tested persons themselves without professional surveillance) has a lower conclusiveness, so you should consult the next step with your general practitioner who can issue you a request for the PCR test or invite you to his office for antigen test, if necessary. We recommend following the increased hygiene measures (more) until then and closely watch your health. Based on the positive result of the self-test, you are not considered to be a confirmed case of COVID-19 disease and so you do not need to undergo
isolation and you do not receive generated certificate about having suffered from the disease. 

Caution: This category also includes so-called online testing, when the sampling and assessment of the test is performed by tested persons themselves with the online surveillance of a healthcare professional. The test was performed by the persons themselves and so it is a self-test.

Antigen test performed by a healthcare professional is positive, but the tested person does not show any symptoms
of the disease (like fever, shortness of breath, dry cough, headache, loss of smell or taste, indigestion)

Based on the positive result of antigen test without symptoms, you are not considered to be a confirmed case of COVID-19 disease and so you do not need to undergo isolation and you do not receive generated certificate about having suffered from the disease 

You should consult the next step with your general practitioner or the healthcare professional who performed the test. After assessing your health, he or she can issue you a request for PCR test, if necessary. 

We recommend following the increased hygiene measures (more) until then and closely watch your health. 

Antigen test performed by a healthcare professional is positive and the tested person shows symptoms of the disease (like fever, shortness of breath, dry cough, headache, loss of smell or taste, indigestion)

Based on the positive result of antigen test with symptoms, you are considered to be a confirmed case of the COVID-19 disease and so you are ordered isolation by your physician/Regional Hygiene Station. On the 10th day after the sampling you will be generated a certificate about having suffered the disease. Your GP can also issue you an e-Sick leave. 

Follow the rules of isolation and discuss the proper treatment with your physician. It is appropriate to inform persons you were recently in contact with about suffering from the COVID-19 disease. Currently, a quarantine for risk contacts and household members, or the obligation to undergo testing is not ordered, but it is appropriate for such persons to follow increased hygiene rules and watch their health.

PCR test performed by a healthcare professional is positive

Based on the positive result of PCR test, you are considered to be a confirmed case of the COVID-19 disease and so you are ordered isolation by your physician/Regional Hygiene Station. On the 10th day after the sampling you will be generated a certificate about having suffered the disease. Your GP can also issue you an e-Sick leave.

Follow the rules of isolation and discuss the proper treatment with your physician. It is appropriate to inform persons you were recently in contact with about suffering from the COVID-19 disease. Currently, a quarantine for risk contacts and household members, or the obligation to undergo testing is not ordered, but it is appropriate for such persons to follow increased hygiene rules and watch their health. 

Exception from isolation 

Isolation is not ordered to persons without symptoms who underwent a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 disease, the ordered isolation has passed, and it has not been more than 30 days since the sampling of the RT-PCR test based on which the isolation has been ordered. According to Act No. 40/2009 Coll., Criminal Code, anyone who intentionally causes or increases the risk of the introduction or spread of a contagious disease in humans will be punished by imprisonment for six months to three years, a ban on activity or forfeiture of property.