What do I do if I think I was exposed to coronavirus?
Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. Here’s what to do if you think you may have been exposed to coronavirus.
Watch for symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. These symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure.
Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher)
Shortness of breath
If you develop these emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately.
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
Call before you go
Call your doctor or your County Health Department if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing.
Tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested.
Consult your health care provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
See more information about symptoms and testing for COVID-19 and what to do if you were exposed to coronavirus.