If you recently received a positive test result for COVID 19, you should isolate at home for at least 10 days to reduce spread of disease. If you are awaiting your test results, you should also isolate at home while your results are pending.
What is isolation?
Isolation is recommended for those who are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 and have tested positive or are waiting on the results of a test. As with quarantine, they must remain at home or the place they were told to isolate and avoid contact with other people until their isolation period is over. This includes avoiding contact with those in their household as much as possible.
Generally, the isolation period for COVID-19 continues until each of these conditions is met:
- Your respiratory symptoms (such as cough and shortness of breath) are better - AND –
- At least 10 days have passed since your illness onset – AND –
- You have had no fever for at least 3 days (72 hours) and have not used fever-reducing medication during that time.
If you had no symptoms but tested positive by a swab test, you must isolate until 10 days have passed since the swab was done.
People should talk with their doctor about how long they should plan to isolate. In certain situations, some may be required to be retested before ending isolation.
More information on types of COVID-19 testing and what the results mean are available here.