How Long After Exposure To Test Positive For Covid
COVID-19Common questionWhen can I start being around others after testing positive for COVID-19?You can be around others after:10 days since symptoms first appeared and24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications andOther symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*
Yes, it is possible. You may test negative if the sample was collected early in your infection and test positive later during this illness. You could also be exposed to COVID-19 after the test and get infected then. Even if you test negative, you still should take steps to protect yourself and others. See Testing for Current Infection for more information.
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- The incubation period for COVID-19. Given that the incubation period can be up to 14 days, CDC recommends conducting screening testing at least weekly.
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- If you have been fully vaccinated and around someone who has COVID-19 (close contact), you do not need to stay away from others (quarantine), or be restricted from work unless you develop COVID-like symptoms. We recommend that you get tested 3-5 days after your last exposure to someone with COVID-19.
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Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after someone is exposed to the virus and can include fever, chills, and cough.
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