COVID-19 Community Information Center

How to isolate if you’re sick

If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, or you have symptoms of the virus, you need to isolate yourself from others.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.

If you are isolating, stay home until it’s safe to be around others. 

While isolating at home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others who live in the same household by staying in a designated “sick room” or area of the house, and use a separate bathroom, if available.

Who needs to isolate?

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19* and are able to recover at home
  • People who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic) but have tested positive for infection with COVID-19

Take these steps when isolating at home

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately
  • Stay in a separate room away from other household members, if possible
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels and utensils
  • If you must be around other people in the home, wear a mask 


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