Avoiding others when you suspect you might be sick is one of the most important things you can do to protect others. This section outlines common COVID-19 symptoms, when to stay home, and how self-isolating works.

If you are sick, or if you have been exposed to someone who is suspected to have the virus, CWI asks that you participate in contact tracing.

How to Self-Isolate 

  • Stay home except to seek medical care.  
  • Monitor your symptoms. Seek medical care immediately if you have any of these emergency warning signs:  
    • Trouble breathing 
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest 
    • New confusion 
    • Inability to wake or stay awake 
    • Bluish lips or face 
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible. 
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible. 
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household, including pets. 
  • Don’t share personal household items such as cups, towels, and utensils. 
  • Wear a mask when around other people, if you’re able.

When You Can See Other People and Return to Campus

If you think or know you had COVID-19, and you had symptoms, you can be with others if it has been: 

  • 7 days have passed with a negative test within 48 hours of your planned quarantine discontinuation, OR
  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared, AND 
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication, AND 
  • Symptoms have improved. 

If you tested positive but had no symptoms and continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after: 

  • 10 days have passed since your test results were received, OR
  • 7 days have passed with a negative test within 48 hours of your planned quarantine discontinuation. 

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above. 

Anyone who has close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 10 days after exposure based on the time it takes to develop illness. For example, if you live with an individual with a confirmed or probable case, you would need to quarantine for the 10 days from the last date the individual was required to quarantine. 

**Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you are tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, respiratory symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.