Diagnosed with or Exposed to COVID-19
What Now? Isolation & Exposure Care Connect Resources

Updated Aug. 1, 2023

If you have or think you may have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, it’s important to take appropriate precautions to prevent spreading COVID-19 to others.


If you were exposed to COVID-19, monitor for symptoms and wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days from the day you were last exposed to prevent spreading COVID-19 to others. You can develop COVID-19 for up to 10 days after exposure. Test for COVID-19 at least a full 5 days after you were last exposed, even if you don’t have any symptoms. Do not go to places where you cannot wear a mask.*

*Healthcare personnel should refer to the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Managing Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure to SARS-CoV-2


Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are positive for COVID-19 with or without symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until they can no longer infect others. When at home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and use a separate bathroom (if available). How long you need to isolate will depend on your circumstances.

See isolation guidance and the Isolation and Exposure Calculator from the CDC here.*

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Content adapted from materials and recommendations produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.