Confirmed and suspected cases of reinfection of the virus that causes COVID-19
cases of re-infection COVID-19 has been reported but are rare. In general, reinfection means that a person has been infected (became sick) once, recovered, and then subsequently becomes infected again. Based on what we know from similar viruses, some re-infection is to be expected.
When you can be around others after you have or likely have had COVID-19
When you can be around others (end home isolation) depends on a variety of factors for different situations.
Find the CDC’s recommendations for your situation below.
I think or know that I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms
you can be with others
- at least 10 days after symptoms first appear and
- No fever for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine and
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 improving
**Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and does not need to be delayed until the end of isolation
If you had severe illness from COVID-19 (you were admitted to hospital and needed oxygen), your healthcare provider may have more than 10 days (possibly up to 20 days) after your symptoms first appeared. You may be advised to stay in isolation and you may need to end your period of home isolation.
I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms
If you do not have any symptoms, you may have others after the following:
- 10 days have passed since the date you tested positive
If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID, and I had symptoms.”
I had COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19 and my immune system is weak
if you have a Weakened immune system (immune compromised) Because of a health condition or medication, you may need to stay home and isolate for more than 10 days and possibly 20 days after symptoms start. In some circumstances, further testing may be required. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.
Your doctor can work with an infectious disease specialist or your local health department To determine when you can be around others.
Getting tested again for COVID-19
If you have recovered from your symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19, you can continue to test positive for three months or more without becoming contagious to others. For this reason, you should be tested only if you develop new symptoms of possible COVID-19. Getting tested again should be discussed with your healthcare provider, especially if you have been in close contact with another person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and test positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID, and I had symptoms.” Your doctor can work with an infectious disease specialist at your local health department To determine when you can be around others.
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