How long to quarantine if symptomatic, but COVID test negative?

Posted by carolinerpt @carolinerpt, Aug 26, 2020

If someone has symptoms of Covid but has a negative test during the time of symptoms how long do they need to quarantine ?

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According to CDC,
For all of the following scenarios, even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.


Hi @carolinerpt and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You'll notice that I moved your question to the COVID-19 group

In addition to the information that @jakedduck1 provided, here is further guidance from the CDC
If you think you may have COVID-19 and you had symptoms, you should isolate:
– At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
– At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
– Symptoms have improved

Your healthcare provider may recommend that you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier than would be done according to the criteria above. If so, you can be around others after you receive two negative tests results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart.

There are a few reasons why you may have a negative test and still have symptoms:
– you need 2 negative tests to be sure you are negative
– your symptoms may be similar to COVID, but are related to something else

What symptoms are you experiencing? Are you able to isolate yourself?

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