What to do if you have COVID

COVID-19 POSITIVE Instructions

Regardless of vaccination status

- Stay home for at least 5 days and isolate yourself from others in your home.  You are most infectious during the first 5 days.
If you do not have symptoms, day 0 of isolation is the day the test was obtained.  If you develop symptoms within the 10 days of the original test, then the clock restarts and day 0 is the day of symptom onset.
- If you have symptoms, day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset.
- STAY HOME and separate from others as much as possible.
- Wear a high-quality mask (surgical or N95, not cloth) in your home when you must be around others.
- Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
- Try to improve the ventilation in your home, if possible.
- Do not share personal household items, like cups, towels and utensils.
- Do not travel
- Monitor your symptoms.  If you are having medical concerns, call the office immediately.

- Follow up in the office if you have:
- Fever for more than 3 days or
- Lethargy, muscle aches, or chills for more than a week or
- Cardiac symptoms during or since illness (chest pain, shortness of breath, heart racing/palpitations or fainting)

- Otherwise return to your activities when you end isolation
<12 y/o - activities as tolerated
>12 y/o - return to play
- Minimum 1 day symptom free (excluding loss of taste/smell)
- 2 days of increase in physical activity
- One light practice
- One normal practice
- No games before day #3 after isolation
- Mask required for ALL physical activity until 10 full days from + test or symptom onset have passed.

At any given stage, patient may progress to the next stage if they remain asymptomatic. If patient develops symptoms at any stage, discontinue all athletic activity immediately and direct patient to follow up with their primary care provider. If your sport doesn’t allow mask wearing during practices, games, scrimmages or competitions you may not return to play until Day #11.


- For mild and asymptomatic cases – You may end isolation after day 5 when you are feeling better AND have no fever for 24 hours (w/o fever reducing medications) and your symptoms are improving.
- For Moderate or severe cases or if you are immunocompromised – isolate for the full 10 days and follow up in office in 1-2 weeks.


You either:
- Wear a mask until completion of day 10 or
- You may antigen test at home AFTER day 5 and discontinue wearing a mask ONLY AFTER you have 2 negative tests in a row 48 hours apart.


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