How Long To Isolate After I Recover From COVID-19

What Happens To COVID-19 Patients

People who caught COVID-19 are required to isolate themselves and quarantine for the safety of others until they recover. Depending on how severe the virus affected the individual, and if they are symptomatic or asymptomatic, the length of self-isolation may differ. How long does one have to wait after recovering from the virus until they can stop their quarantine?

How Long To Isolate

According to the CDC’s “Ending Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19: Interim Guidance”, they have made certain distinctions on when someone can end their isolation.


  • For children and adults who have mild, symptomatic COVID-19, they can stop isolating after it has been both 5 days from their symptom onset and 24 hours after their fever ends.
  • For people who are asymptomatic, meaning they show no signs of the virus, they can end after just 5 days of their positive test. However, for asymptomatic people, if they start to show symptoms they would fall under the first category and restart their isolation period on the day of symptom onset.
  • For those who have contracted a moderate case of COVID-19 illness, they should isolate themselves for 10 days minimum.
  • People who are severely ill, such as those who require intensive care, hospitalization, or ventilation support, should remain in isolation for 10 days up to 20 days after symptom onset and after their fever ends.
  • For people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, they should extend their isolation to over 20 days. People who are immunocompromised might have a longer infection period and should therefore quarantine for a longer period of time. 

The CDC also states that after recovering from COVID-19, individuals must wear a well fitted mask when around people for at least the next 5 days. They also note that people who recover from the virus can have detectable SARS-CoV-2 RNA in their upper respiratory system for up to 3 months after illness onset. However, they are not likely to be infectious anymore because the virus is no longer replication competent.


If you are currently worried about contracting the virus yourself, you can visit one of our testing centers found below to get tested. If you prefer to isolate and get tested from home, you can also find our Virtual COVID PCR Test Kit that comes with a PCR test and Certified Teleservice appointment with a healthcare professional to assist you with your test.

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