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When it’s safe to be around others after having (or likely having) COVID-19

After being isolated at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you may be wondering when it’s safe to be around others again. 

But how do you know when it’s okay to be with loved ones or others in your community, without potentially spreading the virus and infecting others?

That depends on factors related to your personal experience.

The recommendations below based on several scenarios will help you determine when it’s safe to be around others. You can also learn more by visiting the CDC’s website. 

I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms

You can be with others after:

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared
  • At least 24 hours with no fever AND without fever-reducing medication
  • Symptoms have improved

I had severe illness from COVID-19 (you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen)

If you received medical attention due to COVID-19 infection, your health care provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared, and you may need to finish your period of isolation at home. 

I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after:

  • 10 days have passed since the date you had your positive test

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID, and I had symptoms.”

I had COVID-19 or I tested positive for COVID-19 and I have a weakened immune system

If you have a weakened immune system (are immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication, you may need to stay home and isolate longer than 10 days. Talk to your health care provider for more information.

Comments

  1. It’s been less than a week since I tested positive, but I feel fine and have no symptoms. Is it ok if I go to the grocery store, as long as I mask up?

  2. My wife and I were both tested yesterday. Hers came back negative, and mine was positive. Does she need to stay home, too?

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