If you were exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 or have been told by a healthcare provider or public health authority that you were exposed, here are the steps that you should take, regardless of your vaccination status or if you have had a previous infection.
Start Precautions Immediately
Wear a mask as soon as you find out you were exposed. Start counting from Day 0.
- Day 0 is the day of your last exposure to someone with COVID-19.
- Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure.
Continue Precautions for 10 Full Days
You can still develop COVID-19 up to 10 days after you have been exposed. Wear a high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N95) any time you are around others inside your home or indoors in public.
- Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask. For travel guidance, see CDC’s Travel webpage.
Take extra precautions if you will be around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
Watch for symptoms:
- Fever (100.4°F or greater)
- Shortness of breath
- Other COVID-19 symptoms
If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately, get tested, and stay home until you know your results. If your test result is positive, follow the CDC’s isolation recommendations.
Get a COVID-19 Test on Day 6
Get tested at least 5 full days after your last exposure. Test even if you don’t develop symptoms.
If you test negative:
- Consider testing again 1 to 2 days after your first test.
- Continue taking precautions through day 10.
- Wear a high-quality mask when around others at home and indoors in public
You can still develop COVID-19 up to 10 days after you have been exposed.
If you test positive:
- Isolate immediately
- Follow the CDC’s isolation recommendations
For more information, please visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/if-you-were-exposed.html