Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines


Revised Covid-19 Isolation & Quarantine Guidance

Based on CDC Updated Guidance, January 10, 2022 Provided by Alabama Public Health

NOTE: This guidance does not apply to immunosuppressed persons. Guidance for immunosuppressed persons is addressed at THIS LINK (click here). What to do if you test positive for Covid-19 – regardless of whether or not you have had symptoms – OR if you are symptomatic and are awaiting test results: Regardless of vaccination status … ISOLATE • Stay home for a minimum of 5 full days (through Day 5)* • If you have symptoms: • The first day your symptoms developed is Day 0. • Test on Day 5 using a rapid antigen test (strongly recommended, if available). • You can end isolation after 5 full days, if your Day 5 test is negative, you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, and your other symptoms are improving.** • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days (through Day 10). If you have no symptoms: • The day that your test is positive is Day 0. • Test on Day 5 using a rapid antigen test (strongly recommended). • You can end isolation after 5 days if your Day 5 test is negative and you have remained symptom-free. • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days (through Day 10). ===== What to do if you were exposed to someone with Covid-19 (QUARANTINE) and your Covid-19 vaccines are up-to-date (NO NEED TO QUARANTINE): If you … - have been boosted OR - completed the primary series of Pfizer vaccine within the last 5 months OR - completed the primary series of Moderna vaccine within the last 5 months OR - completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months • Wear a mask around others for 10 full days (through Day 10). • The day of the last exposure to the person with Covid-19 is Day 0. • Test on Day 5, if available. • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home, then follow isolation guidance above. ===== What to do if you were exposed to someone with Covid-19 and you ARE UNVACCINATED, or your VACCINES are NOT up-to-date (QUARANTINE): If you … - completed the primary series of Pfizer vaccine over 5 months ago and are not boosted OR - completed the primary series of Moderna vaccine over 5 months ago and are not boosted OR - completed the primary series of J&J vaccine over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR - are unvaccinated • Stay home for 5 full days (through Day 5). After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days (through Day 10). • If you cannot quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days (through Day 10). • The day of the last exposure to the person with Covid-19 is Day 0. • Test on Day 5, if available. • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home, then follow isolation guidance above. ========== * The 5 full days is a minimum and only applies to the general population, which does not include healthcare personnel or certain special populations. ** “Improving” requires absence of fever for 24 hours or more without fever relieving medications and at least a 50 percent improvement in all other symptoms with the exception of loss of taste and smell which may persist for weeks or months. SOURCE: Alabama Public Health flyer, which was sourced from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

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