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Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing
Updated Apr. 30, 2021

Contact Tracing Slows the Spread of COVID-19

Contact happens when two people are near each other.

Contact tracing finds people who were near each other.

Contact tracing finds people who were near someone with COVID-19.

Contact Tracing Helps Protect People

Contact tracing helps keep your family safe from COVID-19.

Contact tracing helps keep your friends safe from COVID-19.

Contact tracing helps keep you safe from COVID-19.

Contact Tracing Tells People They May Have COVID-19

Contact tracing helps people know they should stay home.

Contact tracing helps people know to stay away from others.

Contact tracing helps people get a COVID-19 test.

Contact tracing helps stop the spread of COVID-19.

Some Health Departments Use Contact Tracing

The health department might call you if you were near someone with COVID-19.

The caller may say you were near someone with COVID-19.

The caller might say you need a COVID-19 test.

The caller may ask about people you were near.

The caller may ask about places you have been.

The caller may ask you to stay home for 14 days.

The caller may ask you to stay away from people for 14 days.

The things you say will be kept private.

Protect Yourself from COVID-19

Stay at least 6 feet away from people outside your home.

Wear a mask when you leave home.

Get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Wash your hands often.

Wear a Mask When You Leave Your Home

The mask must cover your nose.

The mask must cover your mouth.

The mask must fit under your chin.

The mask must be snug on your face.

Make sure breathing is easy.

Masks may feel different.

Practice wearing a mask.

COVID-19 Vaccines Help Keep You from Getting COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccines help keep you from getting very sick from COVID-19.

Ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Wash Your Hands Often

Wash your hands before you touch your mouth.

Wash your hands before you touch your eyes.

Wash your hands before you touch your nose.

Wash your hands with soap and water.

Wash your hands for 20 seconds.

Wash your hands while you sing the happy birthday song twice.

 

AFTER BEING CLOSE TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19

 

Stay Home After Being Close to a Person with COVID-19

You may have to stay home.

Call the health department and ask about the number of days you have to stay home.

You may have to stay home for 14 days.

Call your doctor if you feel sick.

Ask your doctor if you need a COVID-19 test.

You must feel well to leave your home.

Wear a Mask to Protect Others After Being Close to a Person with COVID-19

Wear a mask to protect your friends.

Wear a mask to protect your family.

You May be Safe After Being Close to a Person with COVID-19

You may be safe if you were fully vaccinated.

You may be safe if you had COVID-19 in the last 3 months.

You may be able to leave your home if you are safe.

 

AFTER GETTING A COVID-19 TEST

 

Things to Do After Getting a COVID-19 Test

Ask how you will get the results.

Ask what the results mean.

You may get a phone call with COVID-19 test results.

You may look online to get COVID-19 test results.

Some COVID-19 test results come quickly.

Some COVID-19 test results take many days.

Stay at home until you get the COVID-19 test results.

Stay away from people until you get the COVID-19 test results.

 

IF YOU HAVE COVID-19

 

Steps If You Have COVID-19

Stay at home when you have COVID-19.

Stay away from other people.

Stay in your own room.

Use your own bathroom.

Eat in your own room.

Stay away from pets.

Clean things that are touched often.

Wash Your Hands Often If You Have COVID-19

Wash your hands with soap and water.

Wash your hands for 20 seconds.

Sing the happy birthday song twice while washing your hands.

Wear a Mask If You Have COVID-19

Wear a mask to protect your friends.

Wear a mask to protect your family.

You may have to stay home for a while.

Stay home at least 10 days after you start feeling sick.

Stay home until your fever is gone for 24 hours.

Stay home until you feel better.

Tell someone if you are worried about how you feel.

COVID-19 Can Make You Very Sick

Watch for ways COVID-19 can make you feel sick.

Get help if you are worried about how sick you feel.

Tell someone that you need help.

Call your doctor if you are worried about how you feel.

Call 9-1-1 or the emergency department if you need help.

Tell the operator that you need help.

Tell the operator you need help with COVID-19.

 

Original Guidance: Contact Tracing


Development of these materials was supported by a grant from the CDC Foundation, using funding provided by its donors. The materials were created by the Center for Literacy & Disability Studies, Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation at Georgia Tech. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided subject matter expertise and approved the content. The use of the names of private entities, products, or enterprises is for identification purposes only and does not imply CDC endorsement.