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How long do I need to isolate at home if I have COVID-19?

Isolation means you must stay home and separate yourself from others for a certain period until you can no longer infect other people with COVID-19.

If you have COVID-19 and you experienced symptoms, you must isolate until:

  • at least ten days have passed since your first symptoms appeared
  • you have had no fever for at least 24 hours without taking any kind of medicine to reduce fevers

When your symptoms have improved, you can begin to count the days until your isolation ends.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but you have no symptoms, then you must stay home for 10 days after the test was taken. If you do develop any symptoms while in isolation you must take the steps above.

If you have an underlying medical condition that severely weakens your immune system, you may need to isolate longer than 10 days, or as advised by your medical provider.

When you isolate, you must do your best to stay away from others to minimize spreading COVID-19. You must not go to work, attend school in person, or go out in public. Use contactless, online, delivery, or takeout services when available.

If a community member is running errands for you, ask them to leave the food and other provisions at your door to avoid close contact.

If you live in the LA County area and you need help finding free delivery services, social services, and essential items such as food and medicine, call 2-1-1 or visit the LA Public Health website.

For more guidance, go to: LA Public Health

This article was written and edited by the Tayo editorial desk and has been reviewed by an independent panel of subject matter experts.

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