Close contact is a term used to describe a situation where an individual has been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It is important to understand the definition of close contact and the guidelines for isolation if you are a close contact in order to protect yourself and help slow the spread of the virus.
What is Close Contact?
Close contact is defined as being within six feet of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes, or having direct contact with that person’s body fluids (such as saliva, mucus, vomit, or feces). Close contact can also occur through shared air, such as when two people are in the same room without a physical barrier between them.
Isolation Required for Close Contacts?
Yes, if you are identified as a close contact, you are required to isolate for at least 14 days from the last time you were in close contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19. During this time, you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. If you develop symptoms during the isolation period, you should get tested and inform your local health department or healthcare provider.
It is important to remember that close contact is a two-way street. If you were identified as a close contact, you should also inform anyone else who you may have been in close contact with during the time you were exposed. They too will need to take appropriate steps to protect themselves.
Close contact is an important concept to understand in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are identified as a close contact, it is important to follow the guidelines for isolation in order to protect yourself and those around you.