Can I test out of isolation?
It is not recommended to test out of isolation (the period away from others after testing positive). It is safer to stay in isolation for 5 full symptom-free days (see more information below). Additionally, it is possible to continue testing positive on PCR tests for COVID-19 even weeks after you have recovered from illness and are no longer infectious.
Are you currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?
Yes, I am currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.+ –
If you are currently experiencing symptoms, you should remain in isolation until 5 full days have passed since your last day of symptoms. If you experienced severe symptoms from COVID-19, you should isolate for at least 10 days after your symptoms go away and consult with your doctor before ending isolation.
No, I am not currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.+ –
If you are not currently experiencing symptoms and you tested positive more than 5 days ago, you may end your isolation after 5 days but should continue to wear a mask and physically distance for at least 10 days after your positive test. If you should start to feel symptoms, you should restart your isolation period and then end isolation 5 days after your symptoms go away.