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When is it okay to end home isolation, or leave home, after recovering from COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (are home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:

  • If they will not have a test to determine if they are still contagious, they can leave home after these three things have happened:

    • They have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND
    • other symptoms have improved (for example, when their cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
    • at least 7 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared
  • If they will be tested to determine if they are still contagious, they can leave home after these three things have happened:

    • They no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND
    • other symptoms have improved (for example, when their cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
    • They received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. Their doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

The CDC provides additional guidance for what to do if you are sick, how to take care of yourself at home, and how to take care of others at home.

Drafted 20 March 2020