How Long After COVID-19 Are You Contagious?

July 9, 2020
CORONAVIRUS

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Florida has emerged as a global epicenter of the latest coronavirus surge. Yesterday (7/8/2020), Florida set a new record with nearly 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day. That means nearly 220,500 people in Florida have tested positive and the test positivity rate has been above 14%. Many experts worry that number will go higher.  But how long is a person contagious after showing signs sickness or testing positive?  The CDC recommendation that a person diagnosed with COVID-19 should be isolated for 10 days from symptom onset and at least three days from fever resolution and improvement in respiratory symptoms. That means you could be isolated for more than 10 days and even after fully recovering from COVID-19, it’s still important to take preventative measures to help reduce the spread of the virus. Maintain a distance of six feet from others when possible, practice meticulous hand hygiene, and cover their nose and mouth with a face covering or mask. Several experts say the face covering is the most important of the three, because it provides source control. In other words, it prevents infectious particles that may come out of a person’s mouth when they cough, sneeze, or talk from getting into the surrounding airspace. It’s important that all of us—including those who have recovered from COVID-19—maintain these safety precautions until we stop the spread of this pandemic.

SOURCE: Better Homes & Gardens 

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