Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
UPDATE
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
UPDATE
The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here.
UPDATE
Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing, starting November 8, 2021. More information is available here.

Staying Away from People When You Have COVID-19

Staying Away from People When You Have COVID-19
Updated Jan. 8, 2021

Steps if You Have COVID-19 and Feel Sick

Stay at home when you have COVID-19.
Stay away from other people.
Stay in your own room.
Clean your own room.
Use your own bathroom.
Clean your own bathroom.
Stay home until you feel better.
Stay away from pets and service animals.
You may have to stay home for a while.
You may have to stay home for at least 10 days.
Tell someone if you are worried about how you feel.
Some people need a COVID-19 test to know they are better.
A doctor may tell you to get a COVID-19 test.
The health department may tell you to get a COVID-19 test.

Steps if You Have COVID-19 and Feel Well

Stay at home when you have COVID-19.
Stay away from other people.
Stay in your own room.
Clean your own room.
Use your own bathroom.
Clean your own bathroom.
Stay away from pets and service animals.
You may have to stay home for a while.
You may have to stay home for at least 10 days.
Some people need a COVID-19 test to know they are better.
A doctor may tell you to get a COVID-19 test.
The health department may tell you to get a COVID-19 test.

Be Safer After Being with a Person with COVID-19

Stay home after being near a person with COVID-19.
Stay home for 14 days.
Watch for ways COVID-19 can make you feel sick.
You may need to see a doctor if you feel sick.
You may need to get a COVID-19 test.
A doctor may tell you to get a COVID-19 test.
The health department may tell you to get a COVID-19 test.

Original Guidance: When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19


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