ASL- What to do if you've been exposed to COVID-19
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COVID-19 Then and Now
Isolation and Exposure Guidance
COVID-19 Isolation Requirement
Q. What if I am feeling better quickly or was asymptomatic?
• The isolation period must last for a minimum of 5 full days
• On Day 6, if you have not had any symptoms OR you have been fever-free without the use of fever reducing medications for at least 24 hours and your other symptoms are improving, then you may resume your usual activities (while masked).
Q. After my 5 days of isolation, can I return to normal activities?
• Cases are likely still infectious towards others after 5 days. You must wear a well-fitting mask covering your nose and mouth at all times when you are with other people (even in your own household) from Days 6 to 10. You should avoid activities where you would not be masked around others (like eating out) or where you will be around vulnerable individuals at high risk for severe disease.
Q. What if I am still not feeling well after 5 days, or what if my symptoms come back?
• If your symptoms are not resolving on Day 6 then you should continue to isolate until your symptoms are resolving or through Day 10. After you have ended isolation, if your COVID-19 symptoms recur or worsen, restart your isolation at Day 0.
• Remember, people that are severely ill may need to isolate longer than the minimum 5 days. Consult your provider for your situation.
Infectious Period: People with COVID-19 are most able to spread it to others during the first 5 days of their infection but can also spread it up to 2 days before symptom onset (or their positive test) and for about 10 days after their positive test.
Exposures: If you were around someone during this time frame, especially if you spent over 15 minutes in close proximity to them, or doing activities that involved singing or shouting, you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
There is no longer formal QUARANTINE for exposure to COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
Guidance: If you are exposed to COVID-19, mask around others for 10 days, and a test is recommended on Day 6 or later after exposure.
Treatment for COVID-19
Treatment is available for people who are at increased risk of severe disease and have developed COVID-19 symptoms in the last 5 days, even mild ones (such as runny nose or cough). The sooner you start treatment, the better.
COVID-19 antivirals, can help lower the amount of virus in your body, protecting you from severe symptoms.
• Paxlovid (must be taken within 5 days of your first COVID-19 symptom) is an antiviral treatment pill for individuals aged 12 and older. A free telehealth service is available to help you find out if it is right for you.
• Molnupiravir (must be taken within 5 days of your first COVID-19 symptom) is an antiviral treatment pill that reduces the COVID-19 virus’ ability to multiply in the body.
COVID-19 rapid test resources
Households: Every U.S. household can once again order four free COVID-19 rapid tests. Tests will be delivered directly to recipients' homes.