Steps to Take Immediately After Your COVID-19 Test
If you have COVID-19, or are sick and believe you could have COVID-19, you should follow current CDC isolation guidelines regardless of your vaccination status.
If you were tested for COVID-19 but have no symptoms and no known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID19 (for example, as part of a workplace screening program), you do not need to stay home while waiting for your results unless you are told to do so by your employer or by a public health official.
If You Test Positive for COVID-19 with No Symptoms
Begin isolation, day 0 is the day you take your test and day 1 is the first full day after you take the test. If you do not develop symptoms you may end isolation after 5 days. If you develop symptoms within 10 days of your test, the isolation clock resets to 0 on the day symptoms start.
If You Test Positive for COVID-19 with Symptoms
Begin isolation, day 0 is the day your symptoms start regardless of when you test.
- Stay home and stay separated from others in your home for at least 5 days.
- Wear a high-quality, well fitting mask if you must be around others in your home.
- Improve ventilation in the home, if possible.
- Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
- Do not share household items such as towels and dishes.
- Be aware of your symptoms and seek emergency medical care if needed.
- Do not travel.
- If you did not have symptoms, you can end isolation after day 5.
- If you had symptoms, you can end isolation after 5 days if you are fever free for 24 hours without medication and your symptoms are improving.
- If you experienced moderate or severe illness, or have a weakened immune system, isolate for 10 days or until advised by your medical provider.
Take extra precautions and wear a well fitting face covering for 10 full days after your positive test, or until you have two negative antigen tests, 48 hours apart.