People who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 need to isolate regardless of their vaccination status. Isolation is used to separate people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 from those without COVID-19.
People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others, typically 10 days. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, or wear a well-fitting mask when they need to be around others. Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings. People in isolation should stay in a specific “sick room” or area and use a separate bathroom if available.
Isolation can be discontinued after day 5 with a negative Antigen test (BinaxNow, Quickvue, SOFIA, etc.) if symptoms are resolving and fever has resolved for at least 24 yours (without the use of fever-reducing medications). If isolation is ended after 5 days, a well-fitting mask should be worn when around others both at home and in public for an additional 5 days.
If you do not have a negative antigen test, are unable to wear a mask when around others, continue to have fever, or your other symptoms have not improved, you should continue to isolate for a full 10 days or until the above conditions are met.