Exposed to COVID-19… What’s next? – News

Exposed to COVID-19… What’s next?  – News

Get tested three to five days after exposure, even if asymptomatic.
Continue wearing a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until they receive a negative test result; longer if in a high transmission area.
Quarantine for 10 days following a positive test or if they are symptomatic. 
Fully vaccinated people who have been exposed should take the following steps: “An important thing to note here is that, if you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to quarantine if you are asymptomatic,” said Ellen Eaton, M.D., assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Division of Infectious Diseases. “It is recommended that you get tested three to five days after a close contact; but if you are feeling well, you do not have to miss school, work, football games or other normal activities that you enjoyed before the pandemic.”

People who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after contact with someone who has COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. If you are fully vaccinated

An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 exposure is defined as anyone who has been within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. When an individual has been exposed, there are several factors to consider when determining appropriate next steps. 

Individuals who are unvaccinated and are considered a close contact must quarantine for up to 14 days after exposure and should watch for COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath.  Unvaccinated individuals can end quarantine before the 14 days if the following criteria are met: “An important thing to note here is that, if you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to quarantine if you are asymptomatic,” said Ellen Eaton, M.D., assistant professor in UAB’s Division of Infectious Diseases. “It is recommended that you get tested three to five days after a close contact; but if you are feeling well, you do not have to miss school, work or football games, among other normal activities that you enjoyed before the pandemic.”

If you are unvaccinated  Eaton explains that additional benefits of being fully vaccinated include not having to get tested or quarantine before and after travel and refraining from routine screening tests required by some businesses.   

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