Exposed to COVID19, Now What?

COVID-19 is still spreading in communities across Virginia. VDH advises all Virginians to stay home as much as possible, especially if you are at higher risk of serious illness. Keep at least 6 feet apart from others. Wear a mask when you are in public spaces, especially where keeping 6 feet apart is difficult, such as in stores. Wash your hands often, stay home if you are sick, and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently. These all are very important ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Check out VDH’s Prevention Tips to learn more.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person. Spread occurs between people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with one another through respiratory droplets that come from the mouth or nose when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, or speaks. Sometimes spread can occur through airborne transmission. This means an infected person releases small droplets and particles with the virus that could linger in the air for minutes to hours and might be able to infect people who are further than 6 feet away from the person who is infected.
This type of spread is uncommon but occurs more often in enclosed spaces with poor ventilation. Less commonly, COVID-19 can spread through contact with contaminated surfaces. COVID-19 can be spread by people who are not showing symptoms or before their symptoms begin. Everyone can limit their exposure by staying home as much as possible. If you decide to go out, follow these tips to stay safe.
You generally need to be in close contact with a person who has COVID-19 while they are contagious to get infected. Close contact includes: Being within 6 feet of a person who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, or
Having direct exposure to respiratory secretions (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, sharing a drinking glass or utensils, kissing), or providing care for a person who has COVID-19, or living with a person who has COVID-19.
A person with COVID-19 is considered to be contagious starting from 2 days before they became sick (or 2 days before they tested positive if they never had symptoms) until they meet the criteria to discontinue

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