And you’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19:
If you had close contact with a person with COVID-19 (an exposure), you need to stay home and away from others (quarantine) even if you have no symptoms.
- COVID-19 can take up to 14 days to make you sick, and some people with COVID-19 never feel sick, so you need to separate yourself from others so you don’t spread the virus without knowing it.
- The safest option is to stay home and away from others for 14 days. In certain situations, you may end your quarantine after 10 days, or after seven days with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (not antibody/blood or antigen). You cannot end your quarantine before seven days for any reason. For more about your quarantine options if you have no symptoms, visit the Close Contacts and Tracing page at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
And you have symptoms:
Talk to your doctor and follow their advice. If there is not another diagnosis, you should still stay away from work, school, and other public places until you’re feeling better and have no fever. Symptoms of COVID-19 can be similar to other illnesses, like flu, and the risk of spreading these illnesses to others in your community can be high.
And you do not have symptoms:
Continue to protect yourself by using social distancing and frequent hand-washing, and by wearing a mask when you’re out in public. Get tested again if you develop symptoms or have contact with someone with COVID-19.