COVID-19 Calculating Quarantine and Isolation

Quarantine and Isolation

Quarantine Isolate

If you were exposed

Quarantine and stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

If you are sick or test positive

Isolate when you are sick or when you have COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.

When to Stay Home

Calculating Quarantine

The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days. Learn why CDC updated guidance for the general public.

IF YOU Were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

Quarantine for at least 5 days After quarantine Take precautions until day 10
Stay home
Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.
Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.
Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home. If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.
Avoid travel
Get tested
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Avoid being around people who are at high risk

IF YOU Were exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations
No quarantine
You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.
Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Take precautions until day 10
Get tested
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.
Avoid travel
Avoid being around people who are at high risk

IF YOU were exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)
No quarantine
Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Take precautions until day 10
You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.


If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.
Avoid travel
Avoid being around people who are at high risk

Calculating Isolation

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

IF YOU Tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status
Stay home for at least 5 days
Stay home for 5 days and isolate from others in your home. Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.



Ending isolation if you had symptoms
End isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.
Take precautions until day 10
Ending isolation if you did not have symptoms
End isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test.
Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.
If you were severely ill with COVID-19
You should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.
Avoid travel
Avoid being around people who are at high risk

If you have recently had a COVID-19 infection and are 12+ it’s recommended that you get your COVID booster once your symptoms have resolved and you’ve met the criteria to end isolation — and the recommended time has elapsed since your primary series of either Pfizer (5 months), Moderna (5 months) or J&J (2 months).

Vaccinated people who received monoclonal antibodies as part of their COVID-19 treatment plan will need to wait 90 days before getting a COVID booster.

Resources

CDC Quarantine and Isolation

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