After you’ve been tested, self-isolate until you hear back from your doctor. It is important to isolate yourself from others to prevent the spread of illness. A person infected with coronavirus is contagious from two days before, until at least 10 days after, the start of symptoms.
- Stay home unless you need to receive medical care.
- Rest and stay hydrated.
- Avoid contact with other household members.
- Limit yourself to one room, if possible.
- Use a separate bathroom, or one that is cleaned after each use.
- Do not share personal household items.
- Wear a mask if you must be around peopl
- Wash your hands often.
- Monitor your symptoms.
If you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face, seek emergency care immediately.
After being tested for COVID-19 it may take several days to get results, and may take even longer to receive an official isolation order from a state or local health department. After a positive test result, or if an individual believes they had COVID-19 but was never tested, isolation can typically end 10 days after symptoms began, and after 72 hours of being fever free without fever-reducing medication, as long as all other symptoms are improving.