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Home > Patient & Family Resources > Health Library > Quick Tips: 9 Things to Do if You've Been Exposed to COVID-19
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If you've been exposed to the virus but don't have symptoms, you may need to stay in quarantine for up to 14 days. In some cases it may be shorter. Ask your doctor when it's safe to end your quarantine. Be sure to follow all instructions from your local health authorities. Don't go to school, work, or public areas. And don't use public transportation, ride-shares, or taxis unless you have no choice. Leave your home only if you need to get medical care. But call the doctor's office first so they know you're coming, and wear a cloth face cover when you go.
Call your doctor or other health professional to let them know that you've been exposed. They might want you to be tested, or they may have other instructions for you.
It can help stop the spread of the virus when you cough or sneeze.
If possible, stay in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom.
If you can, have a friend or family member care for them while you're sick.
Then throw it in the trash right away.
Use soap and water, and scrub for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
These include bedding, towels, cups and glasses, and eating utensils.
Use household cleaners or disinfectant wipes or sprays. Take special care to clean things that you grab with your hands. These include doorknobs, remote controls, phones, and handles on your refrigerator and microwave. And don't forget countertops, tabletops, bathrooms, and computer keyboards.
Current as of:
March 26, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Lesley Ryan MD - Family MedicineHeather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: March 26, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
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