What Should You Do If You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19?

Facts and information about the coronavirus pandemic are constantly changing. Visit the CDC site for the most up-to-date information during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Even if you are practicing social distancing and taking measures to prevent COVID-19, you may find that you have come in contact with the coronavirus. Maybe a family member tests positive for COVID-19, or someone at your work gets sick from the virus. You may develop COVID-19 symptoms: coughing, fever, and shortness of breath. What should you do if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, or if you develop COVID-19 symptoms?

If you have been exposed to COVID-19

There are a few things that you need to do if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19.

Stay home

Do not go out in public or be around others if you think you have been exposed to coronavirus. Separate yourself from the other members of your family. Ask a friend, neighbor, or relative to help with essential errands such as grocery shopping.

Social distance and hygiene

Continue practicing social distancing and wash your hands frequently. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Wear a reusable cloth face mask when around others. Do not share cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other common household items.

Keep track of your symptoms

Note how you feel, what symptoms you have, and whether or not your symptoms get worse. Take your temperature in the morning and in the evening, and write this information down.

Contact a medical professional

Call your healthcare provider if you develop a fever over 100 degrees, a dry cough, or shortness of breath or if you think you’ve come in contact with coronavirus. 

Do not visit a clinic in person

Physical separation and social distancing are key in mitigating the spread of coronavirus; this keeps you, your family, and your community safe. Your physician may schedule a TeleVisit with you to conduct a screening. Only go to a clinic if a healthcare professional instructs you to do so.