If you test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms, you may discontinue isolation if the following conditions are met:
- at minimum, the last 24 hours have passed without fever (without the use of fever-reducing medication) AND
- improvement in respiratory symptoms (like cough, shortness of breath) AND
- at least 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared
If you have no symptoms but are COVID-19 positive, you may discontinue isolation once 10 days have passed since the date of your first positive test, if you remain symptom-free.
Please read Marin County’s At Home Quarantine & Isolation Safety guidance document for important information and practical tips.
Source: Marin HHS
Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.
Learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccine in Marin County on our vaccine information webpage.
Most people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms and should stay at home. They should isolate themselves in a separate room/bathroom for at least 10 days after the first symptoms AND are fever free for the most recent 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine), AND respiratory symptoms (like cough and shortness of breath) improve.
Care at home includes bed rest, fluids, and over the counter fever reducing medicine.
If the person develops emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
While anyone in the home has, or thinks they may have, COVID-19, everyone in the home should quarantine and ensure rigorous cleaning and disinfection steps are taken every day.
For more information please read Marin County’s:
Source: Marin HHS, CDC
ISOLATION separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick:
- COVID-19 positive people must isolate
QUARANTINE separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms:
- Close contacts of COVID-19 positive people must quarantine unless they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.
Most people will have minor symptoms and should:
- call their healthcare provider for advice
- stay at home
- isolate from others, including household members
If you develop emergency warning signs, such as difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, seek medical attention immediately.
Source: Marin HHS