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What should you do if you think you have COVID-19?

Here’s a quick look at what to do if you think you have been infected with COVID-19

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Eric Kwiatkowski, with the Utah National Guard, processes COVID-19 tests at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City.

Eric Kwiatkowski, with the Utah National Guard’s Forward Support Company in St. George, and Pfc. Jacob Osborne, with the guard’s 19th Special Forces at Camp Williams in Bluffdale, process COVID-19 tests at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. So what should you do if you think you have COVID-19?

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The delta variant of the novel coronavirus continues to dominate the United States, creating breakthrough cases among the fully vaccinated and creating a pandemic among the unvaccinated. So what should you do if you think you have COVID-19?

What to do if you think you have COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a number of tips for what people should do if they think they have been infected with the novel coronavirus.

Stay home if you’ve been exposed.

  • The CDC said people should quarantine if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19. The quarantine keeps someone who is exposed to COVID-19 away from others, limiting the spread of the virus.
  • People who have been exposed should stay home and separate themselves from others, according to the CDC.

Get tested for COVID-19.

  • People with symptoms should get tested as soon as possible.
  • Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-19 symptoms do not need a test, according to the CDC.
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last three months do need a COVID-19 test after exposure, as long as they aren't showing symptoms.

How soon after exposure to COVID-19 can you be tested?

You can get a COVID-19 test anytime.

The CDC does not have a recommendation for a specific amount of time before you get a COVID-19 test. The CDC has a coronavirus self-checker that can help you see whether or not you have been infected and whether or not you should get a free, rapid test.

However, the CDC said people should get a COVID-19 test after they’ve had close contact with someone who had COVID-19. That means you were within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.