COVID-19 Isolation and Exposure Recommendations

What to do if you have been exposed to COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) no longer recommends quarantine for people who have been exposed to COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. CDC recommends that people who have been exposed still do the following: 

  • People who have known or suspected exposure to COVID-19 should wear a well-fitting mask or respirator around others for 10 days from their last exposure, regardless of vaccination status or history of prior infection.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 at least five full days after your last exposure.

What to do if you have COVID-19

CDC recommends isolation for five days after a positive COVID-19 test or symptom onset. To count your five days, your positive test or symptom onset is considered “day zero.” After five days, you can exit isolation if:

  • You tested positive, but don’t have any symptoms.
  • You had mild symptoms, you are starting to feel better, and don’t have a fever.

If you exit isolation after five days, it’s important to continue taking precautions and consider wearing a mask when around others for an additional five days.

Seek prompt medical attention if your symptoms worsen (e.g., difficulty breathing). Prior to seeking any medical attention in an office, clinic, or hospital, you should call and inform that health care facility that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.  

If you call 911 for emergency assistance, tell your dispatcher that you have or may have COVID-19.