Quick Question: How long should someone quarantine after an exposure to a COVID-19 case?

With the amount of circulating COVID-19 information, it can be difficult to remember the exact guidelines to follow after having an exposure to the virus. 

  • Note: Current CDC guidance does not allow you to “test out of quarantine”. This means that even if you receive a negative test result after 5-7 days quarantine, you should still complete the full 14 day quarantine after having close contact with someone who is infected. It may be confusing right now given all of the high profile people continuing on their public circuits who have been exposed to people confirmed to have SARS-CoV-2 infection. The table below provides information on how long to quarantine if you have had an exposure:
If you DO NOT live with the COVID-19 caseYou should quarantine (stay home and avoid all other individuals) yourself for 14 days after the last exposure to the sick person. 

Quarantining yourself for 14 days after your potential exposure helps to ensure that you do not have the virus and that you cannot spread it to others.
If you DO live with the COVID-19 caseMembers of the home should quarantine (stay home and avoid all other individuals) themselves for an additional 14 days starting after: 

It has been 10 days since the sick person developed symptoms
The COVID-19 case has gone 24 hours without a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications)
All the COVID-19 case’s symptoms are improving

In other words: the quarantine period for the household members begins the day the 10 day isolation period for the sick person ends and must continue for an additional 14 days. 

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