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I have COVID-19 and have been isolating. When is it safe for me to leave home?

Day 0 is the day you develop symptoms, or the day of your positive test if you do not have symptoms.


Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Stay home on days 0-5.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house on day 6. Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others through day 10..
  • If your symptoms are not resolving OR if you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves and you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • If you have access to a test, it's best to use an antigen test towards the end of the 5-day isolation period. Collect the test sample only if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved. If your test result is positive, you should continue to isolate until day 10.
  • If you were severely ill with COVID-19, you should isolate for at least 10 days.