Check your health before you go out

Watch for COVID-19 symptoms, especially if you work outside your home, get healthcare, or go out.

What to do

Your employer may ask about your health status separately.

1. Consider your own COVID-19 status

If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days, you must isolate yourself at home.

2. Consider the COVID-19 status of any close contacts

If any close contacts tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, you must quarantine at home. Do not go to work.

Close contacts include anyone who:

  • Lives with you or stayed overnight with you
  • You were physically intimate with, including only kissing or sex
  • Takes care of you
  • You take care of
  • Stayed within 6 feet of you for 15 minutes or more over the course of a day
  • Had direct contact with your body fluids, including coughs or sneezes

3. Check if you have new symptoms

You can get tested for COVID-19 if in the last 24 hours:

  • You have a fever over 100.4° Fahrenheit or 38.0° Celsius
  • You have a cough
  • You’re shivering a lot
  • It’s hard to breathe
  • You feel tired or sore
  • You can’t smell or taste anything
  • Your throat hurts
  • Your head hurts
  • You have a runny or stuffy nose
  • You have diarrhea, feel sick to your stomach, or throw up

Children and youth under 18 do not need to get tested if they have a stuffy nose, soreness, or feel tired.

You should not go out or go to work. Stay home until you get your test results. See CDC guidelines about what to do if you are sick.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate yourself at home

If your test is negative, stay home until you have no symptoms for at least 3 days.

4. You can go out if you and your contacts’ test results are negative, and you feel healthy

Remember to stay 6 feet apart and wear a face covering to work.

If you or your contacts get a positive test result or you start to feel sick while at work, tell your employer and go home right away.

See official guidance

For people who visit businesses

For businesses to screen staff who work outside the home

For hotels to screen guests

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Last updated November 19, 2020