Should I be tested for COVID-19 infection?
Those who should get tested for COVID-19 include people who:
- Have symptoms of COVID-19
- Have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19
- Close contact means someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person over a 24-hour period for a combined total of 15 minutes or more
- Have been asked or referred to get tested by their healthcare provider or the Department of Health
Follow these guidelines if you are tested for COVID-19
Should I wear a mask?
- Wearing a mask helps protect those around you.
- When worn over our nose and mouth, masks reduce the spray of your respiratory droplets from reaching others.
- You should wear a mask even if you do not feel sick. Studies have found that people with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic can still spread the virus to other people. Wearing a mask protects those around you, in case you are infected but not showing symptoms.
- A mask is NOT a substitute for physical distancing (remaining 6 feet apart from others) but is especially important when in close contact with other people since COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are within about 6 feet of each other.
- The counties in Hawaii have different mask mandates and each should be followed.
More information about mask wearing in Hawaii
How long do I have to isolate from others after becoming sick?
People with COVID-19 can end their home isolation period after ALL of the following requirements have been met:
- At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared, AND
- At least 24 hours have passed since you have had a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicine, AND
- Other symptoms (for example cough or shortness of breath) have improved.
This guidance also applies to people who have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever AND cough or shortness of breath) but who have not been tested for the virus.
For people who tested positive for COVID-19 but never developed symptoms:
- Remain in isolation for 10 days after the date your test was collected.
I am a close contact of a COVID-19 case. Why do I need to stay in quarantine for 10 days if I test negative?
A negative test means that you weren’t infected at the time the test was collected. It does not mean that you might not still develop COVID-19. CDC recommends 14 days of quarantine after exposure to someone with COVID-19 based on the time it takes to develop illness if infected.
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- COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 FAQ
- World Health Organization COVID-19 FAQ