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January 29, 2023
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I Have Been in Close Contact with Someone who has COVID-19. What Should I Do?

I Have Been in Close Contact with Someone who has COVID-19. What Should I Do?

If you’re exposed to someone with COVID-19, you no longer need to quarantine away from others. In schools and day care environments, this means children don’t need to go home after an exposure. Quarantining after an exposure to someone who has COVID-19 is still recommended in high-risk settings like congregate care settings, jails, shelters and health care settings.  Use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Calculator to determine how long, people with COVID-19 and close contacts need to stay home, get tested and wear a well-fitting mask.

If you had close contact

All close contacts, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection with COVID-19 are recommended to:

  • Watch for COVID-19 like symptoms for 10 days after their last exposure.

  • Stay home and get tested if symptoms develop.

  • Wear a well-fitting mask around other people for the 10 days following their last exposure.

  • Avoid unnecessary visits with high-risk individuals (e.g., residents of congregate care facilities, persons with immunocompromising conditions, etc.)

  • Consider testing approximately five days after their exposure.

  • Follow guidance for isolation if they test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms.