How long should someone stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

If you have  COVID-19, you can spread the virus to others. Do not attend work or class if you are sick, especially with symptoms of COVID-19.

You should test for COVID-19 using an at-home antigen test.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you should stay home at least for 5 full days and isolate from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during the first 5 days. Wear a high quality mask if you must be around others at home and in public.

A negative test does not necessarily mean you do not have COVID-19 — you may consider retesting with another antigen test 24-to-48 hours after the first.

Students can call or make an appointment with UHS to discuss antigen test results, especially if symptoms worsen. Employees should contact their health care provider with concerns.