Quarantine and Isolation

Quarantine and isolation helps protect the public by preventing contact with people who have or may have COVID-19. CDC’s COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation (Q&I) Calculator is easy to use and tells you what to do if you have tested positive for COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms or are a close contact.


What is the difference?

Quarantine

If you were exposed, quarantine and stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Isolation

If you are sick, test positive or a close contact and are waiting on test results, isolate even if you don’t have symptoms.

General Public

K-12 Schools

Test to Stay is an option K-12 schools can use to, in many cases, safely avoid quarantine and keep students in the classroom after exposure to someone infected with COVID-19. Schools can suspend TTS if less than 10 percent of their student and staff population goes two consecutive weeks without testing positive.

Test to Stay FAQs
 

Guidance for when a school has 10% or more students and staff absent due to COVID-19 (tested positive or showing symptoms) for two consecutive one-week periods.

Get your questions answered about the program that helps keep healthy kids in school.

Exposure Guidance for School (PDF)

Guidance for when a school has 10% or more students and staff absent due to COVID-19 (tested positive or showing symptoms) for two consecutive one-week periods.

Teachers and students can eliminate quarantines under specific conditions.

Quarantine

 

IF YOU 

Were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

Quarantine for at least 5 days

Stay home
Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.

Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home

Get tested
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

After quarantine

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Avoid travel
It is best to avoid travel until a full 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

If you must travel during days 6-10, take precautions.

Avoid being around people who are at high risk

 

IF YOU

Were exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

No quarantine
You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.

Get tested
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Take precautions if traveling

Avoid being around people who are at high risk

IF YOU

Were exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)

No quarantine
You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Take precautions if traveling

Avoid being around people who are at high risk

Isolation

IF YOU

Were exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)

Stay home for at least 5 days
Stay home for 5 days and isolate from others in your home.

Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

Do not travel.

 

Ending isolation if you had symptoms
End isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.

Ending isolation if you did NOT have symptoms
End isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test.

If you were severely ill with COVID-19 or are immunocompromised
You should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

 

Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Do not travel
Do not travel until a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date your positive test was taken if you had no symptoms.

Avoid being around people who are at high risk

 

 

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