FAQ: When to Quarantine after being exposed to someone with COVID-19

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others, helping to prevent spread of disease.

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days after their last contact with the COVID-19 positive person.

  • You were within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for a total 15 minutes or more.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person.
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
  • If you or someone in your household is awaiting test results. Quarantining is recommended until the results are received.

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