What To Do If You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

If You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19: A Guide to Quarantine

If you have been identified as a close contact to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, then you are at risk of developing COVID-19 yourself and need to follow these guidelines:

  1. Stay home for 10 days
    1. You must stay at your home and avoid other people for 10 days after you were last exposed to a person with COVID-19. You may not go out in public places – not even to the grocery store or to run errands. Do not visit with other people outside of your home, and do not invite others into your house to visit. If you must have visitors, tell them that you are under quarantine.
    2. Keep your distance from others in your household (at least 6 feet)
    3. Wear a cloth face covering to protect those around you
  2. Get tested
    1. Get tested 5 – 7 days after your close contact to a person with COVID-19. This should be a nose swab PCR-based test. Please contact our office regarding testing options
  3. Monitor your symptoms
    1. Take your temperature with a thermometer and/or the temperature of family members who were exposed and cannot do so themselves. You should do this two times a day or anytime you feel like you might have a fever.
    2. Watch for other potential symptoms of COVID-19 such as respiratory illness (cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath), whole body symptoms (fatigue, chills, muscle aches), change in taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
    3. If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19:
      1. Seek medical advice and get tested – call ahead before you go to a healthcare provider’s office or emergency room. Tell them you are under quarantine and have symptoms.
  4. Take care of yourself
    1. Support While in Isolation: Reach out to your healthcare provider or seek emergency care if you have concerns about your health.
      1. If you have a medical emergency, call 911. Tell them that you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
  5. Be prepared at home
    1. Seek help from others to safely provide you and your household food and supplies you need while in quarantine
      1. Have a working thermometer on hand at home
      2. Is your pantry stocked so you can be at home for 10 days? Consider making meals ahead of time to put in your freezer
      3. Do you know which neighbor or family member can bring you things you need? Write this down and designate a spot in your kitchen
      4. Do you know where testing can be done in your area? Do you need an order from your provider (York Hospital) or just an appointment (online with Wentworth-Douglass Hospital)
        1. Remember – the rapid test is only accurate if you have symptoms
      5. Make sure you have plenty of Tylenol and Motrin for fever control
  6. Know when you can end quarantine
    1. If you do NOT develop symptoms of COVID-19 during your quarantine:
      1. You can end quarantine 10 days from the date of your last close contact to a person with COVID-19.

More information can be found online at:  “I was exposed to COVID-19”