Do you know what to do if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19?
Hopefully you already know that you shouldn’t go to a party and expose lots of other folks…
What to Do if You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19
Unfortunately, lots of mistakes are being made that are causing COVID-19 cases to again rise.
“For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated.”COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
One of them is that many people simply don’t understand the importance of self-quarantining themselves for 14 days (or consider one of the options to shorten your quarantine) after they have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 if they aren’t fully vaccinated.
What happens if you don’t self-quarantine?
You may expose others in the days before you start to show symptoms (presymptomatic transmission).
But can’t you just get tested after your exposure to see if you have it?
Sure, you can get tested, but if it is negative and you are early in your incubation period, it doesn’t mean that you still won’t become sick later on. For example, you could have a negative COVID-19 test two days after being exposed to the virus, but then develop symptoms of COVID-19 two days later.
“Yes, you are still considered a close contact even if you were wearing a cloth face covering while you were around someone with COVID-19. Cloth face coverings are meant to prevent someone from transmitting the disease to others, and not to protect someone from becoming infected.”COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
What if you’re not sure if you have COVID-19 and you are waiting on your test results?
That should be a no-brainer.
Self-quarantine yourself why you are waiting for your COVID-19 test results!
And if you think you have COVID-19, be sure to tell all of your close contacts, which includes everyone who was within 6 feet of you for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before you began feeling sick.
Of course, social distancing and wearing a mask are important too.
But folks need to understand that they should begin to self-quarantine as soon as they learn that they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. That’s the easiest way to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and the size of outbreaks.
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- COVID-19 Vaccination Questions and Answers
- Get All of Your COVID-19 Questions Answered
- What to Do if You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19
- What to Do if You Have Been Diagnosed with COVID-19
- What is the COVID-19 Multi-System Inflammatory State?
- About 300 Teens Exposed To COVID-19 At Big Party Near Austin
- CDC – Quarantine and Isolation
- CDC – Public Health Guidance for Community-Related Exposure
- CDC – COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
- CDC – Notification of Exposure: A Contact Tracer’s Guide for COVID-19
- CDC – When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19
- CDC – Contact Tracing for COVID-19
- MMWR – Presymptomatic Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 — Singapore, January 23–March 16, 2020
- Study – Evidence Supporting Transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 While Presymptomatic or Asymptomatic
- Study – Secondary Transmission of Coronavirus Disease from Presymptomatic Persons, China
Last Updated on January 5, 2022 by Vincent Iannelli, MD
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