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What should you do if you have been exposed to COVID-19 and you have been vaccinated?

DENVER (KDVR) — The holiday season is approaching and many people will gather with family to celebrate. But what happens if you find out you’ve been exposed to COVID-19?

If you’ve been fully vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are still steps you should take if you’ve been exposed:

  • You should still get tested if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or if you have symptoms of COVID-19
    • If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should be tested 5-7 days after your exposure, even if you have no symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days after exposure or until your test result is negative
    • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get yourself tested and stay home and away from others
    • If your test result is positive, isolate at home for 10 days
  • You still need to follow the guidelines at your workplace and local businesses

When should you quarantine?

Guidelines for when to quarantine for COVID-19 have changed during the pandemic. Here’s what the CDC says you know about quarantine, regardless of your vaccination status:

  • You must quarantine 14 days after your last exposure to that person if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period) with someone who has COVID-19 unless you are fully vaccinated.
  • People who have been fully vaccinated do NOT need to be quarantined after contact with someone who has COVID-19 unless they have symptoms
    • However, fully vaccinated people should be tested 5-7 days after their exposure, even if they have no symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days after exposure or until their test result is negative

The CDC said if you think you have COVID-19 or COVID-19, you can be around others after:

  • 10 days since the first symptoms appeared and
  • 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing drugs and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 improve*

* Loss of taste and smell can persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​