As states begin to re-open (whether it’s advised by medical professionals or not) and the count of cases and deaths from coronavirus pandemic continue to rise, we’re getting a bit better at understanding how we move through the world as people recover from COVID-19. While there’s still a lot to learn about the virus and its affects on different bodies (from children to elderly or sick individuals), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released guidelines for what people who have had COVID-19 (either confirmed or they had symptoms) should know about ending their isolation and be near family members again.
For people who know for a fact that they had COVID-19 and had symptoms the CDC says that “you can be with others after three days with no fever, symptoms improving and 10 days after the symptoms first appeared.”
Depending on access and availability of testing in your area, they note that you might want to get tested to see if you still have COVID-19 (if you’re having a surgery or specific medical procedures this might be required).
If you get tested they say “you can be around others when you have no fever, symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.”
For people who tested positive for COVID-19 but haven’t had symptoms, the CDC says you can be around people within 10 days since testing negative twice in a row.
“It is important to remember that anyone who has close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after exposure based on the time it takes to develop illness,” the org says.
For immunocompromised people, the advice is a bit different…
The CDC notes that people with weakened immune systems (either from a previous condition, a medication they’re on, etc.), the 10 day wait after symptoms may need to be a bit longer — but they again say that after receiving two negative test results (at least 24 hours apart) you are likely good to be around people again. When in doubt, seek out your medical provider’s advice to make sure you feel informed and safe moving forward.
Regardless, if you or someone you love has been sick, it is crucial to follow guidelines on social distancing (keep six feet apart, wear a mask for your own protection/the safety of others, wash your hands frequently, stay home if you feel sick and cover your mouth on sneezes, coughs into your elbow/arm (instead of your hands). Be cautious for your own health and the health of others!
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