CDC Guidance on Quarantine After COVID-19 Exposure
The CDC states that quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been
exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread
of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they
are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine
should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health,
and follow directions from their state or local health department.
Who needs to quarantine?
People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. The
following counts as a close contact:
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Steps to take
Stay home and monitor your health.
- Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or
other symptoms of COVID-19
If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at
higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
For specific scenarios of when to start and stop quarantine, please
click here for the CDC explanations.
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