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When is it okay to end home isolation, or leave home, after recovering from COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can leave home under the following conditions*:

If you have not had a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND

  • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND

  • at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

If you have had a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:

  • You no longer have a fever (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND

  • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND

  • you received two negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

People who DID NOT have COVID-19 symptoms, but tested positive and have stayed home (home isolated) can leave home under the following conditions:

If you have not had a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these two things have happened:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of your first positive test AND

  • you continue to have no symptoms (no cough or shortness of breath) since the test.

If you have had a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after:

  • You received two negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

Note: if you develop symptoms, follow guidance above for people with COVID-19 symptoms.

*In all cases, follow the guidance of your doctor and local health department. The decision to stop home isolation should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider and state and local health departments. Some people, for example those with conditions that weaken their immune system, might continue to shed virus even after they recover.

Find more information on when to end home isolation.

Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Drafted 14 May 2020

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