The COVID-19 Quarantine Timeline

If you are exposed to COVID-19, you must quarantine. Kathy Jones Moore asked us some important questions about this quarantine:
Here’s the confusing part…when does the quarantine start? When the person you were exposed to started showing symptoms? When you yourself start showing symptoms? What if you don’t show symptoms, but are in a house with positive members? Does your quarantine period start when the first person has symptoms or tests positive? What if other people start showing symptoms later but you have no symptoms? When does your quarantine period start?

What about people in your household?

Check the definition of “close contact” above. If your roommate tests positive for COVID-19, ask yourself whether you have been within 6 feet of them, shared a drinking glass, or given them a hug. If so, you’ve been exposed. 

You should, in that case, quarantine according to the timeline explained above.

What about a family member that you live with and have close contact with every day? If they turn up positive for COVID-19, they should be isolated from the rest of the family. Anyone in the family who has had close contact with them should quarantine.

This quarantine should follow the same timeline as discussed above. It can’t begin from the first exposure because you will probably have been exposed before your family member had symptoms.

Begin from the time you find out your family member has COVID-19. This will make the quarantine a little longer, but it is safer.