The CDC said it’s important to stay home and away from other people if you currently have or think you may have COVID-19, as it helps stop the spread of the deadly virus.
If you think or know you had coronavirus and had symptoms, you can be with others after three days with no fever, your symptoms have improved, and it has been 10 days since your symptoms first appeared.
People with coronavirus have had a wide range of symptoms reported, both from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. It includes fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
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If you tested positive for COVID-19 and had no symptoms and continued to have no symptoms, you can be around others after 10 days passed since getting tested.
Depending on advice from a health care provider and the availability of testing, you can get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you plan on getting tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
For anyone who has been around a person with COVID-19, you should stay home for 14 days after exposure based on the time it takes to develop illness.
For people who have a weakened immune system, or are immunocompromised due to a health condition or medication, they might need to stay home longer than 10 days if they have COVID-19.
IF YOU’RE SICK
If you are sick or think you might be sick with COVID-19, the CDC recommends staying home except to get medical care. Don’t visit public areas, take care of yourself with over-the-counter medicines and staying hydrated, staying in touch with your doctor, and avoiding public transportation.
Separate yourself from other people as much as possible, like staying in a separate room away from others in your home. If you need to be around others in or outside of your home, wear a cloth face coverings.
Monitor your symptoms, and follow care instructions from your health care department and local health department.
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