Updated December 15, 2020

Sick African American man calling for medical helpStay Home

We’ll assume you have an infection now and are contagious to other people. Whether or not you have symptoms, stay home and separate from others.

If You Have Symptoms

No Symptoms

You can be around others after:

  • You have no fever for 24 hours without the use of medicine, AND
  • Your symptoms improve, AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since your first symptoms

You can be around others after:

  • 10 days have passed since your test, and you have no symptoms.

Other members of your household should stay home for 14 days.

In certain situations, they may end their quarantine after 10 days. How long should you quarantine?

Other members of your household should stay home for 14 days.

In certain situations, they may end their quarantine after 10 days. How long should you quarantine?

Tell your close contacts right away

Call, email, or text close contacts as soon as possible. Timing matters! 

People are most contagious the day or two before they have symptoms and some people never show symptoms. People usually start to be contagious only 4 days after they get infected. If you can reach your friends and family within four days of their being around you, you can keep the next person from getting sick with COVID-19. The sooner you let your contacts know, the sooner they can take action to stop the spread.

Telling close contacts >>

Answer the health worker’s call, if they call you

  • Because of the high number of people who are getting COVID-19, not everyone who is positive will get a call from a public health worker. Health workers will focus first on those most at risk of serious illness or spreading the virus to a lot of other people. 
  • A public health worker doing contact tracing may call you if you test positive. These workers help slow the spread of the virus by finding out who you may have infected and keeping them from spreading the virus to others. 
  • If public health calls you, let them know your close contacts and the places you visited. If you haven’t reached out to your close contacts already, the health worker will help you identify and inform them. 
  • All information you share will be kept private and is not shared with the federal government, ICE, or your landlord. 
  • Health workers will not ask for Social Security numbers, bank information, or credit cards.

What to expect if a health worker calls you. 

Resources for Staying Home

Call 2-1-1 if you need support for isolation or quarantine. 2-1-1 will connect you to organizations that can help with resources you may need (groceries, financial support, help with rent, other essentials). We can help!

If you cannot self-isolate, we will work with you to explore your options. Community resources»

Take Care of Yourself

It is important to take care of yourself and prevent spreading the virus to others. Call your doctor or healthcare provider (unless they provided the test).

There is no cure or specific medicine for COVID-19. What to do if you’re sick»

See 10 Ways to Manage Respiratory Symptoms at Home (available in multiple languages).

Call 911 if you have these severe symptoms: 

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or belly 
  • Unable to drink or keep liquids down 
  • New confusion or inability to wake up 
  • Bluish lips or face

Call your doctor or clinic if you're worried that you're not getting better. Some people have problems with their lungs, heart, or thinking after the first part of their COVID-19 illness is over.  Talk to your doctor or clinic about how they will monitor you as you recover.

If You Are Employed

Sick leave options, telling your employer, when you can return to work >>