The number of people observing self-isolation is the number of contact persons (family members, colleagues, patients, friends) epidemiologists have identified as close to those infected, so the actual number is definitely much larger. All those who've had contact with an infected person legally must observe self-isolation for 14 days and monitor their health.
“The virus isn't selective,” Perevoščikovs reminded everyone.
The SPKC is informed every day about unique tests conducted in the past 24 hours, so not including tests to monitor those who have already been confirmed as infected. Data hasn't yet been compiled for repeat tests. The SPKC is in communication with general practitioners, who are responsible for these control tests.
GPs have already notified the SPKC about around 30 persons who are no longer infectious. The SPKC will continue communication with these persons to gather more information. Taking into account the experience around the world, recovery from the virus takes around one month, according to Perevoščikovs.
“They've definitely recovered, but we want to be sure that they're free from viruses,” said the expert.
The SPKC recommends non-medical services to keep their locations and use disinfectant to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
As previously reported, the first cases of the Covid-19 novel coronavirus have been determined in Latvia, where epidemiologists can't ascertain how the patients were infected. All previous infection cases could be traced back to contact with an infected person or where the person had been abroad, but for the new cases the people could have been infected either on the bus, in the store, or any other public place. This means the virus is spreading in Latvia and the risk of being infected outside the house is greater than before.
Perevoščikovs stressed that society needs to change habits to protect ourselves and the people with which we come into contact. We must take special precautions concerning the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. Only our actions can change the impact of the pandemic.
Keep observing social distancing, avoid crowded shops, wash your hands and don't touch your face with dirty hands. If you have a temperature, cough, sore throat or difficulty breathing, please observe self-isolation. Latvia currently has fewer cases of infection than neighboring countries because we're still in the beginning stage of the pandemic.