Do you need to quarantine?
Not everyone who has had close contact with a COVID-positive person needs to quarantine, according to the CDC.
You don’t need to quarantine if:
Everyone else should self-quarantine if they’ve had close contact with a COVID case. “Close contact” is defined as being within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative 15 minutes in a 24-hour period.
When quarantining, you should stay home and away from others, says the CDC. Wear a mask whenever you need to be around people in your household, if possible.
CDC guidelines state you should quarantine away from others for five full days after your exposure.
For another five days after that, you should continue to monitor yourself for symptoms, then keep wearing a mask for another five days.
If you still aren’t feeling any symptoms after five full days, the CDC says you should get tested for the virus. If you test negative, you can reenter the world. Just continue to wear a mask anytime you’re around other people and monitor yourself for a fever or any other COVID-19 symptoms until it has been 10 days since your exposure.
Because COVID tests are hard to come by right now, they are suggested to exit quarantine but not required.
If you can’t find a COVID test, the CDC says you can still re-enter the world after five days of quarantine, as long as you’re not feeling sick and keep wearing a mask for another five days.
If you test positive or start to feel sick, it’s time to restart the clock and enter isolation. Stay home, get some rest, and click here to read more about what to do next.