If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID, you should get tested immediately, regardless of vaccination status.
Stay home except to get medical care
After a positive diagnosis, you should self-isolate and not leave home until 10 days following your first symptoms or positive test. On December 27, 2021, the CDC changed its self-isolation recommendation, shortening it from 10 days to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask around others. Always refer to your local health guidelines and your doctor's recommendation.
Monitor your symptoms
While you are sick, monitor your symptoms including your fever, cough, and more. If your symptoms persist or worsen, contact a doctor. Your doctor or local health authority may provide recommendations on checking your symptoms and reporting information.
When to seek emergency care
According to the CDC, continue to monitor for emergency warning signs of COVID, including:
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.