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What to Do If You Are Diagnosed with or Exposed to COVID-19 (Isolation and Quarantine)

 

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To avoid transmitting COVID-19 to others, stay at home if you have COVID-19 or if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

If You Have COVID-19

Isolate for at least 5 days, even if you have been vaccinated.

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If you have a positive COVID-19 test, stay home even if you do not have symptoms.

Stay home until:

  • At least 5 days have passed since your symptoms began (or since your positive test, if you have no symptoms),

  • AND you have no more symptoms, or your symptoms are improving and you have no fever and do not need fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen).

Remain home after 5 days as long as you have a fever. Remaining at home is important to prevent transmitting infection to others.

  • Do not go to work until your isolation period ends.
  • Keep apart from others in your home as much as possible (including pets). Use a separate bathroom and bedroom if you can.
  • You do not need a negative test to end your isolation.

If You Have Been in Close Contact with Someone with COVID-19

Close contact is being within six feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more in one day.

You may need to stay at home if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or if you live with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Exposure is being in close contact (within 6 feet) of someone with COVID-19 for more than a total of 15 minutes in one day.

If your COVID-19 vaccinations are up to date:

  • You have received a COVID-19 booster dose or third dose,
  • OR you have received both doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine with the last six months, or a dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last two months.

You do not need to stay at home:

  • You should wear a mask around others for the next 10 days.
  • 5 days after your exposure, you should be tested for COVID-19 to make sure you are not infected.
  • If you develop symptoms, be tested, and stay home (see above for isolation instructions).

Otherwise you should quarantine at home.

  • Stay at home for at 5 days, and wear a mask around others for five more days after that.
  • If you are unable to stay at home, wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • 5 days after your exposure, you should be tested for COVID-19 to make sure you are not infected.
  • If you develop symptoms, be tested, and stay home (see above for isolation instructions).
Last reviewed on Jul 20, 2020
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