Covid Quarantine guidelines

The current variant of COVID is highly transmissible but rarely causes serious infection, especially among vaccinated individuals. CDC has specific guidelines regarding quarantine and isolation for the current variant.

Calculating Isolation

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test.
Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

IF YOU Tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status

Stay home for at least 5 days

  • Stay home for 5 days and isolate from others in your home.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask if you must be around others in your home.
  • Do not travel

Ending isolation if you had symptoms
End isolation after 5 days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of the fever-reducing medication) or your symptoms are improving.

Ending isolation if you did NOT have symptoms
End isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test.

If you got very sick from COVID-19 or have a weakened immune system
You should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

Take Precautions until day 10

  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days anytime you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.
  • Do not travel until a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date your positive test was taken is you had no symptoms.
  • Avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19

Pregnant women may take the same medications normally used for colds: Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, Mucinex, Tylenol. Although the drug Paxlovid is available, no information is available regarding the long term effect of the drug on your baby. Women who have serious underlying medical conditions, such as severe asthma, lupus, insulin dependent pre-gestational diabetes, or other similar health concerns should contact the physician treating these conditions for advice regarding Paxlovid.

If you experience heightened shortness of breath, wheezing, temperature above 103, or other concerning symptoms, you should go to the main emergency room at California Pacific Medical Center.

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