Coronavirus Exposure AND You Have NO Symptoms

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Exposure and NO Symptoms

  • Although you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you do not currently have any symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms start on the average 5 days after the last exposure. The onset can range from 2 to 14 days.
  • Since it’s been less than 14 days, you are still at risk for coming down with COVID-19.
  • You need to watch for symptoms until 14 days have passed.
  • Stay at home and follow this medical advice.

You Do Not Need to Contact Your Doctor

  • You do not have any symptoms.
  • You do not need to call your doctor unless you become sick.
  • Doctor’s offices, health departments and nurse advice lines have become overwhelmed with calls about sick patients.
  • You can find the answers to most of your questions here or online.

Measure Temperature

  • Measure your temperature 2 times each day.
  • Do this until 14 days after your exposure to COVID-19.
  • Report any fevers to your doctor.
  • Early detection of symptoms and quarantine is the only way to reduce spread of the disease.

Self-Monitor for COVID-19 Symptoms

  • The most common symptoms are cough, fever and shortness of breath (trouble breathing).
  • Less common symptoms are chills, shivering (shaking), sore throat, muscle pain, headache, loss of smell or taste.
  • Rare symptoms are red or purple toes (“COVID toes”).
  • If any of these symptoms occur, report them to your doctor.
  • Early detection of symptoms and home isolation is the only way to reduce spread of the disease.

Home Quarantine: How to do it

  • Quarantine means restricting people who were exposed to a contagious disease from contact with others who are well. They are monitored closely to see if they become sick (CDC).
  • The level of quarantine needed for an exposed person who has no symptoms, may depend on the degree of exposure. So for now:
    • Stay at home. 
    • Do Not allow any visitors (such as friends).
    • Do Not go to school or work.
    • Do Not go to stores, restaurants, places of worship or other public places.
    • Avoid public transportation or ride sharing.
    • Other family members are not on quarantine unless the exposed person becomes sick (has symptoms).

Call Your Doctor If:

  • Fever occurs.
  • Cough or trouble breathing occurs
  • Other symptoms occur

Author: Barton Schmitt, MD, FAAP
Copyright: Copyright 2020. Updated 7/27/2020.
Disclaimer: this health information is for educational purposes only. You, the reader, assume full responsibility for how you choose to use it.