When you can be around others (end home isolation) depends on different factors for different situations.
If you think or you know that you had COVID-19, and you had symptoms, the ideal quarantine period is 14 days, if possible. You can end be with others after:
- At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and;
- At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and;
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*
*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation
If you test positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19. If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “If you think or know you had COVID, and you had symptoms.”
If you had severe illness from COVID-19 (you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), your healthcare provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days) and you may need to finish your period of isolation at home. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html