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When can I be around others after having Covid?

If you know you had Covid infection, or suspect you had Covid and experienced symptoms, the timeframe for ending home isolation (when you can be around others) depends on different factors for different situations.

You can be with others after

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving**Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​

If you had severe illness from COVID-19 (you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), your healthcare provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days) and you may need to finish your period of isolation at home.

This information is taken from the Centers for Disease Control website. For more information see: