If You Test Positive for COVID-19
Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
When you have COVID-19, isolation is counted in days:
- Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others at home and in public.
- Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask.
- Do not travel.
- Stay home and separate from others as much as possible.
- Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
- Take steps to improve ventilation at home, if possible.
- Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
- Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (like trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
- Learn more about what to do if you have COVID-19.
End isolation based on how serious your COVID-19 symptoms were.
NOTE: Regardless of when you end isolation, avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11.
Loss of taste and smell may continue for weeks or months and do not need to delay the end of isolation.
Removing Your Mask
After you have ended isolation, when you are feeling better (no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms improving),
- Wear your mask through day 10.
- If you have access to antigen tests, you should consider using them. With two negative tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10.
Note: If your antigen test results are positive, you may still be infectious. You should continue wearing a mask and wait at least 48 hours before taking another test. Continue taking antigen tests at least 48 hours apart until you have two negative results in a row. This may mean you need to continue wearing a mask and testing beyond day 10.
After you have ended isolation, if your COVID-19 symptoms recur or worsen, restart your isolation at day 0. Talk to a healthcare provider if you have questions about your symptoms or when to end isolation.Click here for more information from WI DHS and CDC.
If You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19
If you were exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, here are the steps that you should take, regardless of your vaccination status or if you have had a previous infection.
Click here or more information on understanding your exposure risk.
After Being Exposed to COVID-19
- Day 0 is the day of your last exposure to someone with COVID-19
- Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure
- Wear a high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N95) any time you are around others inside your home or indoors in public. Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask.
- Take extra precautions if you will be around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
- fever (100.4°F or greater)
- shortness of breath
- other COVID-19 symptoms
- isolate immediately
- get tested
- stay home until you know the result
If you already had COVID-19 within the past 90 days, see specific testing recommendations.