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Guidance for Close Contacts
Close contact means being within 6 feet, for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, of someone with COVID-19 while they are contagious.
To determine if you were a close contact, consider time spent with someone with COVID-19 starting 2 days before they developed symptoms–or the date they tested positive if no symptoms–until they started isolation.
The Health Department recommends getting tested if you develop symptoms at any time – even if you are vaccinated or have recently had COVID-19.
New! If you do not have symptoms but have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, it is recommended to test five (5) full days after the COVID-19 exposure.
If you use an at-home antigen test and the result is negative, test again 48 hours later.
If you have a negative PCR or LAMP test, no follow-up test is needed.
This guidance does not apply to health care workers.
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Treatment for COVID-19
Some people are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19. If you are age 50 or older or have a medical condition that may put you at risk, reach out to your health care provider to ask about treatment as soon as you get a positive test result.
Don’t delay—treatment must be started within days after you first develop symptoms to be effective.
People at higher risk should speak to their doctor about treatment even if vaccinated or experiencing mild symptoms. By getting treatment, you could have less serious symptoms and may lower the chances of your illness getting worse and needing care in the hospital.
Learn more about COVID-19 treatments and medications (CDC)
Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people continue to experience new, returning or ongoing symptoms that can last months after first being infected. These post-COVID conditions are also known as long COVID, long-haul COVID or post-acute COVID. As of July 2021, long COVID can be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please contact your health care provider if you are experiencing long COVID symptoms.
Learn more about the long-term effects of COVID (CDC)
Find help at COVID-19 Recovery Program (UVM Health Network)
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