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In a word, isolate. If you are sick or test positive for the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you should stay away from others for 5 full days. Even if you’ve been vaccinated.
Afterward, wear a mask when around others at home and out in public for 5 more days.
To isolate properly, follow these guidelines:
You may need to quarantine, but it depends on your vaccine status. If you’re up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccines or had a confirmed case of the virus within 90 days, you don’t need to quarantine as long as you are symptom-free.
If you aren’t up-to-date on your vaccines and have been exposed to someone with the virus, quarantine for 5 full days.
To quarantine properly, follow these guidelines:
Remember, when you isolate and quarantine, you help protect yourself and the people around you. Always pay attention to any possible COVID-19 symptoms that you may develop. If you have trouble breathing or feel lasting pain or pressure in your chest, seek expert emergency care right away.
Originally published 5/14/2020: Revised 2022
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