What To Do If Exposed
If you are exposed to someone who has COVID-19, there are certain steps you should take to protect yourself and those around you.
It is recommended you quarantine at home for 5 days if:
You have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
You are unvaccinated, or you are not up-to-date on your vaccine and you have not had confirmed COVID-19 within the past three months.
What Counts As Close Contact?
How do I know if my exposure to COVID-19 qualifies as close contact?
1. You were within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
2. You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
3. You had direct physical contact with a person with COVID-19.
4. You shared eating or drinking utensils with a person with COVID-19.
5. A person with COVID-19 sneezed, coughed, or got respiratory droplets on you.
Take Extra Precautions And Monitor Your Health
Quarantining yourself at home after exposure can greatly reduce the spread of COVID-19.
If you are unvaccinated, or you are not up-to-date on your COVID vaccine, you should stay home for 5 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
Regardless of vaccination status, you should wear a mask when around others through 10 days after your last exposure to a someone with COVID-19.
Get tested 5 or more days following your exposure, even if you are feeling well.
If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
Call ahead before visiting a doctor to ensure a safe, easier experience.
Cover your coughs and clean your hands often to prevent spreading germs.
The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention and the Tennessee Department of Health recommend a 5-day quarantine after exposure to a case.