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If you are a contact of someone who has COVID-19

If you have been directed to this link, you have been identified as a contact of a person who has COVID-19. This exposure does not mean you are infected with COVID-19.

If you are currently symptomatic or develop symptoms in the 14 days following exposure, please seek testing right away

Public Health recommends the following for close contacts of those who have tested positive with COVID-19:

VACCINATION STATUS

GUIDANCE

Contact is not vaccinated for COVID-19 or received your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine within the past 21 days.

Self-isolate and monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days from the last date of their exposure. If they do not develop any symptoms, they may discontinue self-isolation and return to normal activities at that time. 

*Unless otherwise directed by Public Health

Contact received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine 21 or more days ago.

Self-isolate and monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days from the last date of their exposure. If they do not develop any symptoms, they may discontinue self-isolation and return to normal activities at that time. 

*Unless otherwise directed by Public Health

Contact received your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Contact not required to isolate but should still monitor for symptoms for 10 days.


If you are self-monitoring, you and your household can continue with your normal daily activities. If you have children in school, we recommend you continue to send them to class. Children and youth continue to be at low risk for serious outcomes from COVID-19, but research has shown missing school impacts mental health, social connections and learning outcomes.

New illness related to this exposure may occur up to 14 days from the last date of exposure. We recommend daily self-monitoring. If you develop new symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within those 14 days, please seek testing immediately. 

Please DO NOT seek COVID testing if you do not have symptoms. Testing is not recommended while asymptomatic because results are not accurate or useful. 

Key symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Cough

  • Fever/chills

  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

  • Loss of taste and smell

  • Headaches, muscle aches, fatigue

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,

  • Sore throat

Have you received your COVID-19 vaccine? 

Vaccination is the best protection against severe disease and is now recommended for everyone aged five and older. Register now at GetVaccinated.gov.bc.ca.

Visit our About COVID-19 for more information. 


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