Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Slovak Republic

Important and up-to-date information about COVID-19 disease and measures taken by the government of the Slovak Republic to limit the spread of the disease.

3 113 864

Total
number of PCR

tests
Last increase: 8 694

392 406

Total number of lab-confirmed cases (PCR)
 Last increase: 51

37 443 663

Total
number of antigen

tests
Last increase: 6 821

387 463

Total number of lab-confirmed cases (antig.)
 Last increase: 10

12 534

Number of COVID-19 associated deaths
 
Last increase: 0

-

Total number of recovered
patients

Last increase: -

2 240 639

Number of persons vaccinated
with the first dose
Last increase: 3 160

1 957 238

Number of persons vaccinated
with the secnd dose
Last increase: 5 013

Aktualizované 27. 7. 2021 Advanced statistics

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What is COVID-19?

The coronavirus causing COVID-19 disease was identified in China at the end of 2019. It represents a new virus strain that had not been known in human environment yet. The disease ranks to droplet infections. The estimated incubation period of the disease is 2 to 14 days, may be even longer.

What are symptoms of the disease?

  • fever above 38°C
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle pain
  • headache
  • fatigue, faintness
  • the loss of smell and taste

What is COVID-19?

How to prevent infection?

Do not meet others, even friends or family, unless you live in the same household. You can spread the virus even if you do not have any symptoms.

  • Stay at home if you can. You should only leave the house for very limited purposes.
  • If you go out, wear a face mask to reduce the spread of infection.
  • Stay 2 metres away from other people at all times.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

What to do if I am COVID 19 positive?

How to prevent further spread of COVID-19

  • Inform your doctor (GP or a child doctor) that you tested COVID-19 positive.
  • Inform all persons with whom you were in close contact within 2 days before the onset of your symptoms or 2 days before you were tested (smear test from your nose and throat) up until the day when you started self-isolating.
  • Ask them to:
    • make an appointment for the test by clicking on:  Applying for COVID-19 testing;  
    • fill in the form and fill in all the boxes in the red frame;
    • check the box:  “I was in close contact with a positive person”, and fill in all the boxes that will appear afterwards, and complete the form (leaving out those boxes where they are unable to provide requested information).
  • Make a list of all such persons stating their names and telephone numbers, and then wait. You will be contacted by the competent Regional Office of Public Health (ROPH).
  • If you need more information, please contact call centre 02/32 35 30 (National Centre for Public Health) or a competent ROPH in the SR.

How to prevent further spread of COVID-19

If you have a suspected or confirmed asymptomatic or clinical COVID-19 disease, you must self-isolate. It is vital to keep sick or infected people in isolation from others to prevent further spread of the disease.

Your GP may order you to self-isolate if:

  • you have a COVID-19 disease;
  • after you were tested, while you wait for the COVID-19 test result;
  • you have mild symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat);
  • anyone who is sick, even if they do not know for sure that they have COVID-19, may be ordered to stay at home unless they need medical care. This helps prevent the disease from spreading to other people.

Home self-isolation lasts for at least 10 days from the COVID-19 positive test result. If you have clinical symptoms, you may stop isolating no earlier than after 8 day, and no earlier than after 4 days from when your symptoms disappeared. In the case of a severe condition or in persons with a severe autoimmune disorder, the duration of self-isolation may be extended. Your doctor will decide on the length of your self-isolation. A negative RT PCR test result is not required to stop isolating. In many individuals, the test remains positive, but the virus itself is no longer capable of human-to-human transmission after this time limit, so the individual is not considered infectious

If you are no longer obliged to self-isolate, your GP (or a child doctor/paediatrician) will issue a Confirmation of your disease stating the end date of your self-isolation (also possible by email, text message or similar).

You may resume work (school education) after presenting the Confirmation of the disease to your employer (school). In case you have already received a sick note from your doctor, it is sufficient to present a sick note with the end date of your sick leave.

What are my duties after being tested COVID-19 positive

  • You must inform your GP (if you have not done that yet). If needed, your GP will issue a sick note for the period of your self-isolation.
  • You must self-isolate either at home or in any other place suitable for self-isolation or in a medical facility.
  • You must monitor your health (sudden onset of any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, difficult breathing, loss of smell and taste).
  • In the case of any of those symptoms, you must immediately contact your GP or the Regional office for public health (ROPH).
  • Avoid any social contacts (do not go to social, culture or sporting events or any mass gatherings), do not organize any social events and do not receive other people in the place of your self-isolation
  • Avoid travelling.
  • Do not go to school, you may continue in e-learning.
  • Do not go to work. You may continue teleworking.
  • Do not leave the place of isolation. Do not receive sensitive or vulnerable people.

What to do at home

If you are sick, protect other people:

  • If possible, avoid contacts with other people in your household;
  • Always wear a face covering (mask) when near other people;
  • Use tissues when sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose. Throw used tissues into a contactless waste bin. Then wash your hands with a soap (for at least 20 seconds) and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay in a separate room, if possible. Use bathroom avoiding contacts with others.
  • If sharing a room with others, do not share it with vulnerable people (senior people, people with poor health). Use bathroom after everyone else used it, then wash and disinfect it.
  • Use separate dishes, glasses and cutlery. Do not share these items with other members of your household.
  • Wash everything in a dishwasher or hand wash them in hot water with a detergent.
  • Use your own bed linen and towels. Do not share them with other members of your household.
  • If you cannot wear a face covering, then everyone else who cares for you must wear it when you are in the same room.

Precautionary measures in households and other places of self-isolation

  • Open windows and ventilate all enclosed spaces thoroughly and regularly.
  • People who may enter your household while you isolate are:
    • People who live with you;  
    • Healthcare provider, if needed.
    • You may go outside to your own garden and yard.
    • If you live in an apartment, you may go out to your balcony.
    • If you need groceries, medicines or other products, ask someone else (a person who does not isolate with you) to shop for you and leave the delivery at your front door. You may shop online, by phone or e-mail, and instruct delivery services to leave the goods at the front door.
  • All members of your household should stick to the rules of personal and respiratory hygiene. They should wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Wash your bed linen and towels separately from others, use washing detergent and hot water (depending on instruction for care).
  • Wear gloves when handling the laundry and wash your hands afterwards (even if you wore gloves).
  • All frequently used objects and places must be cleaned and disinfected every day, e.g. door handles, light switches, toys, remote controls, sink and water tap, counters and telephones.
  • Keep toys belonging to a sick child separately from other toys, if possible.

How to protect others in a community

  • Sick person must stay at home, unless visiting a doctor.
  • Other members of the same household must also isolate. They must follow the instruction of a competent GP (or a child doctor), or a competent ROPH, who decide whether they must also isolate with a sick person.
  • If other members of the same household must leave home (in justified cases), they must wear a face covering (mask) and keep a distance of at least 2 m. They must thoroughly wash and disinfect hands each time they leave the place where a sick person isolates.
  • If you have COVID-19, you must not leave the place of your isolation (which you reported), unless:
    • there is an emergency;  
    • you need a primary health care;
    • you are not allowed to visit public spaces, including shops, culture or sporting events, neither participate in any private events (family gatherings and celebrations, etc.);
    • you must not use public transport or a taxi;
    • you must not visit other people;
    • you must not receive other people.
  • These persons may enter the place of your self-isolation:
    • people who live there;
    • healthcare provider, if necessary.
  • If you live in a private house, you may go to your private garden or yard.
  • If you live in an apartment, you may go to your private balcony.
  • If you need groceries, medicines or other products, you must ask someone else (who does not isolate with you) to shop for you and leave the delivery at your front door. You may shop online, by phone or e-mail, and instruct delivery service to leave the goods at the front door.

When to call your GP/child doctor (paediatrician)

  • In case of mild clinical symptoms, call your GP and ask for further instruction;
  • In case of severe symptoms (short breath, difficult breathing, pressure or chest pain) call an ambulance;
  • If the person you care for seems to be sick, call a doctor immediately. Tell your doctor about the symptoms and if the person has been tested for (COVID-19).
  • If you need to see a doctor:
    • make an appointment in advance;  
    • use face covering during transport.

When to call your GP/child doctor (paediatrician)

If you care for a person with coronavirus or similar symptoms, continue with all precautionary measure until your doctor or local health department tells you that it is safe to stop.  

What to do if I were in close contact with COVID 19?

How to stop further spread of COVID-19

If you were in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person, or if you live with them in the same household, in a shared room in an accommodation facility etc., follow these steps:

  • Call your GP and explain your situation (in the case of a child, contact a paediatrician/child doctor), or send your doctor an email, or a text message.
  • Make an appointment for the test by clicking on: Applying for COVID-19 testing;  
  • In the form, fill in all the fields in the red frame.
  • Tick the box: “I was in close contact with a positive person”. New fields will pop up. Fill in the name of a positive person, the date of your last contact, the duration of your contact and the distance between you and that person. If you live with a positive person in the same household, or if you share a room together, indicate the date when you fill in the questionnaire as the date of your last close contact.
  • Leave empty all the fields where you are unable to give any information.
  • Wait for a text message with the instruction when and where you will be tested. Follow the instruction how to prepare for the test.
  • Use individual transport to arrive for the test. Both you and your driver need to wear face coverings at all times.
  • You will receive a text message with the test result within 96 hours from when you were tested.
  • Inform your GP (in the case of a child, inform your child doctor/paediatrician) about the test result.
  • Continue self-isolating even if your test was negative. You may develop clinical symptoms even later, towards the end of your isolation.
  • If you need more information, please contact:
    • call centre NCZI:  02/32 35 30 30; or
    • locally competent Regional Public Health Authority (RPHA) – use contacts at the websites of relevant RPHA or Public Health Authority SR (PHA);
    • your GP (in the case of a child, contact your child doctor/pediatrician).

You must SELF-ISOLATE

  • You must self-isolate either at home or in another designated place, isolated from others. You must monitor your health and follow the instructions of a local ROPH and your GP (in the case of a child, your child doctor/paediatrician).
  • All people who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive must self-isolate to stop spreading the infection to other people.  
  • You must take the RT-PCR test on the 5th and 10th day of your self-isolation.
  • In the case of children up to 7 years of age, the paediatrician (child doctor) may decide that they do not need to take the RT-PCR test. However, they must be tested if they develop clinical symptoms of COVID-19 during their self-isolation.
  • You may stop self-isolating after 10 days, if:
    • you tested negative for COVID-19 and you had no clinical symptoms within the last three days;
    • you had no further close contacts with a sick or positive person with COVID-19;
    • you completed the entire 10-day duration even if you tested negative during your self-isolation.
  • Your self-isolation starts from the date of your last close contact with a positive person or from your stay in a high-risk environment.
  • The duration of your self-isolation may be influenced by positive test results of other persons with whom you live in the same household (or the place of self-isolation). Your self-isolation will be re-calculated again from the date of their positive test results.
  • If someone you live with tested positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate for further 10 days – even if you tested negative.
  • If your COVID-19 test result was positive, you must self-isolate for further 10 days.
  • Persons who tested positive or were sick with COVID-19 in the last three months, do not need to self-isolate. It is assumed that they will not catch the coronavirus again within three months. If, however, they develop COVID-19 symptoms within three months from their COVID-19 disease, they should get tested again, unless some other cause of their symptoms was identified.
  • If you stop self-isolating early, you may by fined. The police carry out checks of the obligation of self-isolation. The RPHA may fine you up to EUR 1659.
  • Contact your GP (or paediatrician) after the end of your self-isolation. Your GP (or paediatrician) will issue a Confirmation of your disease stating the end date of your self-isolation (also possible by email, text message or similar).
  • You may resume work (school education) after presenting the Confirmation of the disease to your employer (school). In case you have already received a sick note from your doctor, you may present a sick note with the end date of your sick leave.

SELF-ISOLATION means:

  • Do not leave the place you notified to your doctor as a place of your self-isolation except:
    • in the case of emergency;
    • if you need a primary health care;
    • you use individual transport to go to a testing or mobile testing facility.
  • Do not visit any public spaces, including shops, culture and sporting events, mass or private gatherings (family reunions, celebrations etc.).
  • Do not use public transport or a taxi.
  • Do not visit other people.
  • Do not invite or welcome any visitors while self-isolating.
  • People who may enter your household while you isolate are:
    • People who live with you;
    • Healthcare provider, if needed.
  • You may go outside to your own garden and yard.
  • If you live in an apartment, you may go out to your balcony.
  • If you need groceries, medicines or other products, ask someone else (a person who does not isolate with you) to shop for you and leave the delivery at your front door. You may shop online, by phone or e-mail, and instruct delivery services to leave the goods at the front door.

Watch for any CLINICAL SYMPTOMS during your self-isolation

  • If you develop any symptoms, even mild ones, call your doctor and ask for further instructions:
    • in the case of mild clinical symptoms, your GP will ask you to self-isolate and may recommend another test if your previous test result was negative;
    • you may stop isolating after you had no clinical symptoms in the last three days. It means you should no longer be infectious.
  • If you develop severe symptoms (shortness of breath, difficult breathing, pressure on the chest or chest pain):
    • call an ambulance;
    • tell them you are self-isolating.
  • You may go outside to your own garden and yard.

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