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I was exposed to COVID-19 during a small private holiday gathering. What should I do?

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 after attending a holiday gathering, you must immediately quarantine yourself to avoid further spread.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highly encourages to sick individuals to:

  • Stay home for 10 days if you think you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. Do not wait for COVID-19 symptoms to appear and stay at home if possible.
  • Observe any possible COVID-19 symptoms especially a fever (100.4°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath, and loss of taste and smell

See also: What COVID-19 symptoms appear first?

  • Continue social distancing and avoid seeing/visiting immunocompromised individuals
  • If available, get tested for COVID-19 at least 3 to 5 days after exposure.
  • Avoid any non-essential travels

If unable to self isolate for 10 days:

  • Practice social distancing (i.e. keeping at least 6 feet distance from others)
  • Wear facial coverings especially indoors and when around other people or animals, including pets (even at home)

See also: What is the best type of face mask to use?

  • Continue hand hygiene practices (e.g. hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based sanitizer is soap and water is not available)

See also: How should I wash my hands to prevent getting COVID-19?

  • Monitor your entire household for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Reach out to your healthcare provider if you are feeling sick with COVID-19 symptoms and get tested
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, immediately notify your family relatives and other individuals you have been exposed to during a gathering

Visit the CDC website for more guidance on holiday gatherings.

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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