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Learning About Diabetes Diagnosis, Treatment and Research

The Do's And Don'ts Of Post-Exposure: The Covid Test, Quarantine, Masking, And More

by Carla Hudson

Were you recently exposed to a close contact who tested positive for Covid-19? From taking a Covid test to quarantine or isolation recommendations, take a look at the do's and don'ts of the post-exposure period. 

Do Test At the Right Time

When were you exposed to Covid? If the answer is today, yesterday, or even the day before yesterday, and you don't have symptoms, you aren't ready to get a coronavirus test. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close contacts of people who have tested positive should wait at least five days to take a Covid-19 test.

If you take a test for Covid-19 too early, you could get a false negative result. A false negative puts the other people around you at risk. Even though a test one day after exposure may make you believe that you are Covid-free, it's still possible you are positive (but don't have a high enough viral load yet). 

While the CDC does recommend that close contacts wait five days post-exposure to test for Covid, symptoms can make you an exception to this guideline. If you were exposed to Covid and have nasal congestion, a sore throat, a cough, a fever, body aches, a headache, GI symptoms, or any other concerning Covid-like symptom, take a test as soon as possible—even if it isn't a full five days after the exposure.

Don't Potentially Expose Others Before You Test

Again, taking a test for Covid too early puts the people around you at risk. But this isn't the only way you could potentially expose your family, friends, co-workers, or anyone else who you come into close contact with regularly to Covid. 

You may need to quarantine for five days before you can test for Covid. People who are not up to date on their Covid-19 vaccinations and were exposed to the virus should stay home for at least five days, according to the CDC's current guidelines. If you are up to date on your vaccinations, you won't need to stay home. But you should wear a well-fitting face mask (for 10 days post-exposure) when you are around other people. 

Do Continue To Follow the Current Guidelines After You Test

A negative test on day five doesn't always mean you are and will stay Covid-free. Some people may develop symptoms or test positive in the days after this timer period. This is why the CDC recommends that all people (regardless of their vaccination status) wear a face mask in public for 10 days after exposure. 

Don't Forget To Check the Guidelines

The more the experts learn about Covid, the more changes in guidance you may notice. Always talk to a doctor or other medical provider after an exposure. These healthcare professionals can help you to better understand the current recommendations, testing guidelines, and quarantine or masking protocols.