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Why your 14-day self-isolation is important

COVID-19 in the air near a person

You’ve been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19. The next day you get tested and two days later you receive a negative test result. Does this mean you can stop self-isolating? NO!

If you have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19, you must self-isolate for the full 14 days regardless if you receive a negative test result.

Why is that?

COVID-19 has up to a 14-day incubation period. This means even though you receive a negative test result before the end of the 14-day period, there is a chance the virus is still developing in your body. It could take up to two weeks for you to start showing symptoms.

Here are two scenarios to show how not self-isolating for 14 days can have a great impact on your family, coworkers and community.

Why your 14-Day Self-Isolation is Important

COVID-19 has up to a 14 day incubation period.

Scenario 1:

COVID around person

Day 0

Kate was exposed to COVID-19. Kate stayed home to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms.

test swab and vial

Day 5

Kate got tested for COVID-19 and the results came back negative.

Symptoms show up

Day 10

Kate became symptomatic.

Spreading COVID19

Day 8

Thinking she didn't have COVID-19 Kate went back to work, to the gym and didn't self-isolate from her family. She was contagious days 8 and 9 (48 hours before symptoms) and now exposed 15 people.

 

Scenario 2:

Exposed to COVID19

Day 0

Kian was exposed to COVID-19. He stayed home to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms. 

test swab and vial

Day 5

Kian got tested for COVID-19 and the results came back negative. He continued to stay home and self-isolate for the remaining 14 days.

Symptomatic

Day 10

Kian became symptomatic and tested positive. Following public health advice, Kian then isolated for another 10 days. He has not exposed anyone to COVID-19.

You are asked to self-isolate for 14-days after known exposure to COVID-19. This is to prevent transmission as shown in Scenario 1.

Stay informed. Visit york.ca/covid19


isolation,covid19 If you were a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, it’s important that you follow the 14-day self-isolation period. The Regional Municipality of York en-US News

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