If someone you have been in contact with tests positive for Coronavirus, what should you do? When is it safe to see people again, what are the quarantine guidelines, and for how long are you contagious?
How Soon Might Symptoms Appear?
The CDC reports that COVID symptoms appear two to fourteen days after infection. If you exhibit any of these symptoms, you should get tested for COVID-19.
When Should You Get a COVID Test?
CDC guidelines suggest that those who have been fully vaccinated and around someone who has COVID-19 get tested between five and seven days after exposure, whereas previous recommendations had been between three and five days.
If symptoms develop and a test is negative, another test might be required a few days later, particularly if the individual is using at-home test kits.
When is Someone With COVID Contagious?
If you are infected with COVID-19, you are considered infectious two days before symptoms appear, or two days before the date of your positive test if you do not have symptoms.
When Should You Call a Doctor?
Anyone who has COVID-19 or may have it should watch out for emergency warning signs and seek medical attention immediately if they experience any of the following symptoms:
- Breathing difficulties
- Chest pain or pressure
- A new type of confusion
- not being able to wake up or stay awake
- Depending on the skin tone, pale, gray, or blue skin, lips, or nail beds
There are possible symptoms, the CDC notes. “If you have any other symptoms that are severe or concerning, please call your healthcare provider.”
What If You Test Positive Using an At-Home Test?
If you test positive with an at-home test, you should follow the latest CDC guidelines and inform your healthcare provider, who is responsible for reporting the results to the state health department.
The Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Allison Arwady, said that this process is not likely to occur for every test.
Arwady said, “Realistically, none of those negatives are reported.” “We aren’t counting. It’s a fantasy that we have ever counted every COVID test.”
Many home tests are not reported, but positive results are reported to health care providers, then to health departments.
When Can You Be Around Other People After Having COVID?
It is safe to be around others after you have been isolated for five days and have stopped exhibiting symptoms. To minimize the risk to others, you should wear the mask for five days.