Updated CDC COVID Guidelines: Covid-19 Isolation & Quarantine Time

People who test positive for COVID-19 only need to isolate for five days as long as their symptoms have stopped. After leaving isolation, people should wear a mask around others for five additional days

People who haven’t received a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine but received their second dose of an mRNA vaccine six months ago, or who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine two months ago, should quarantine for five days if they’re exposed to someone with COVID-19

People who are fully vaccinated don’t need to quarantine if they have exposure to someone sick with the disease

The changes to isolation guidelines for people sick with COVID-19 come only a few days. And health care workers only need to isolate for seven days if they test positive for the virus, as long as they have a negative test on the seventh day

Public health experts say a shorter isolation period is supported by research on the virus. However, people should be truly recovered if they’re going to return to everyday activities

People whose symptoms are getting better may also leave their homes after five days so long as their symptoms are improving

People who have a fever should stay home until the fever clears up

How Soon Might Symptoms Appear?

According to the CDC, COVID symptoms can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after someone is exposed to the virus

When Should You Get a COVID Test?

Those who have been fully vaccinated and around someone who has COVID-19 are recommended to get tested between five and seven days after their exposure

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