What should I do if I’ve tested positive for COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should:

  • Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Separate yourself from other people and pets in your home. If possible, use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals, wear a mask. Additional guidance is available for those living in close quarters and shared housing.
  • Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, whether or not they are fully vaccinated, must follow the guidance of a medical provider or contact tracer. Individuals with COVID-19 are generally instructed to stay home and keep isolated from others until it has been:

  • 10 days since you first tested positive AND
  • You have gone at least 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) AND
  • Your other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (loss of taste and smell can last for weeks or months after recovery from the virus and, in the absence of other symptoms, should not delay the end of your isolation)

You should be able to resume normal activities such as returning to class or work once you meet the criteria above, and do not need to seek a negative test. Anyone required to test will be exempt for 90 days from their initial positive test result.

For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html