If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19


Stay away from others:
Isolate

Stay at home away from others (isolate), except to get medical care.

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Stay in a separate room, away from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other household members and pets.
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask if you must be around other people.
  • Follow recommendations for isolation.

Think about your close contacts:
Tell your close contacts that you have COVID-19 right away so that they can follow recommendations to quarantine, get tested, and wear a well-fitting mask, depending on their vaccination and booster status or history of prior infection.

  • An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 2 days before the person has any symptoms or tests positive. People who have COVID-19 don’t always have obvious symptoms.
  • A person is still considered a close contact even if they were wearing a mask while they were less than six feet from someone with COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
    • You can call, text, or email your contacts. By letting your close contacts know they may have been exposed to COVID-19, you are helping to protect everyone.
    • If you would like to stay anonymous, there is also an online tool that allows you to tell your contacts by sending out emails or text notifications anonymously (tellyourcontacts.orgexternal icon).
    • There are exceptions to the close contact definition in K-12 indoor classroom settings

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