COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidance Tool

This tool shows you what to do if you have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19. It contains a few short questions. You will not have to provide any personal information.

Which of the below applies to you?

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Have you experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 10 days?

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of taste or smell.

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When did your COVID-19 symptoms begin?

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When did you take the COVID-19 test that showed you were positive?

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When were you exposed to COVID-19?

You were exposed to COVID-19 if you were within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period of someone who has COVID-19 (even if wearing face masks). A person can have COVID-19 two days before their symptoms begin (or if no symptoms, two days before they test positive).

Enter the date of your most recent exposure. If the person you were exposed to is a household member and you are not able to separate from them, enter the date when they stop separating from others, which may be in the future.

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Do you currently have any COVID-19 symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of taste or smell.

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Did you have COVID-19 in the last 90 days?

Note: If you had a positive COVID-19 test more recently – within the last 10 days – start over and select "I tested positive for COVID-19"

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Were you up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines doses before {{form.CovidExposureDate.value | date:'MMMM d'}}?

    You are considered up to date with your vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you.
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When did your COVID-19 symptoms begin?

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of taste or smell.

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Have you taken a COVID-19 test since your current symptoms began?

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What was the result of your most recent COVID-19 test?


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A COVID test showing a negative result

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As you have tested positive for COVID-19 and have COVID-19 symptoms, follow the below guidance.

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One person wearing a mask in a house, feeling their forehead with their hand, next to a thermometer. Next to them is a home COVID test showing a positive result.
Safely Separate from Others
  • Stay inside your home and safely separate from other people until at least {{AddDaystoCovidSymptomsDate(5) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
  • If you are immunocompromised or unable to wear a mask for five full days (this includes children under age 2, who are not recommended to wear masks), separate from others until at least {{AddDaystoCovidSymptomsDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
Health and Safety
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when you are not able to safely separate from others, including at home.
  • If you do not feel better or still have a fever after {{AddDaystoCovidSymptomsDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}, speak with a health care provider and continue to safely separate until your symptoms are resolving and you have been fever-free without the use of medicine for 24 hours.
Treatment and Care
  • Treatment for COVID-19 is available for people 12 and older who test positive for COVID-19. Only a health care provider can prescribe treatment. If you do not have a provider, call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). If your provider decides treatment can help you, they may prescribe a daily pill (taken for five days) or a one-time IV or injection. These treatments can lessen symptoms and help keep you out of the hospital. Learn more about your treatment options.
  • Monitor your symptoms closely. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing, chest pain or new confusion), call 911 or get emergency medical care immediately.
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  • If you feel better by {{AddDaystoCovidSymptomsDate(5) | date:'MMMM d'}} — meaning you do not have symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you have been fever-free without the use of medication for 24 hours — you can stop safely separating on {{AddDaystoCovidSymptomsDate(6) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
  • If you stop safely separating on {{AddDaystoCovidSymptomsDate(6) | date:'MMMM d'}}, you should take the following precautions until {{AddDaystoCovidSymptomsDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}:

Note: Health care personnel, congregate setting staff and people who work in or attend childcare or school settings should check with their workplace or school about their policies for returning.

If you have questions or concerns about your symptoms, contact your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).
Learn more about COVID-19, including available resources in NYC

As you have tested positive for COVID-19 but have not developed symptoms, follow the below guidance.

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One person wearing a mask in a house. Next to them is a home COVID test showing a positive result.
Safely Separate from Others 
  • Stay inside your home and safely separate from other people until at least {{AddDaystoCovidPositiveDate(5) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
  • If you are immunocompromised or unable to wear a mask for five days (this includes children younger than 2 years), isolate until at least {{AddDaystoCovidPositiveDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
  • If you do not feel better or still have a fever after {{AddDaystoCovidPositiveDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}, speak with a health care provider and continue to separate until your symptoms are resolving and you have been fever-free without the use of medicine for 24 hours.
  • Monitor yourself closely for symptoms until {{AddDaystoCovidPositiveDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when you are not able to safely separate from others.
  • If you develop symptoms, safely separate from others for at least 5 more days after your symptoms began. You should also restart this tool and select “Yes” to the symptoms question.
Notify Close Contacts
  • Tell people you have been in close contact with about your positive test so they can get tested.
    • A close contact is someone you were within 6 feet of for a combined total of at least 15 minutes within a 24-hour period starting {{SubtractDaysfromCovidPositiveDate(2) | date:'MMMM d'}}, even if they are vaccinated or were wearing a mask.
End of Safe Separation
  • You can stop safely separting on {{AddDaystoCovidPositiveDate(6) | date:'MMMM d'}} if you have not developed symptoms and are able to wear a well-fitting mask around others through {{AddDaystoCovidPositiveDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
  • If you stop safely separating on {{AddDaystoCovidPositiveDate(6) | date:'MMMM d'}}, you should take the following precautions until {{AddDaystoCovidPositiveDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}:
    • Wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public.
    • Avoid crowds and nonessential activities.
    • Avoid eating around others at home and at work.
    • Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, as well as nursing homes and other high-risk settings.
    • Avoid travel until after {{AddDaystoCovidPositiveDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}} or, if you develop symptoms, for 10 days after your symptoms began.

Please note: Health care personnel, congregate setting staff and individuals who work in or attend childcare or school settings should check with their workplace or school about their policies for returning to work or school.

If you have questions or concerns about your symptoms, contact your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

As you had COVID-19 in the last 90 days and currently do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, follow the below guidance.

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  • You do not need to safely separate from others as long as you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Until {{AddDaystoCovidExposureDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}, you should:
    • Wear a well-fitting mask when you are not able to safely separate from others.
    • Monitor yourself closely for symptoms.
  • If you develop symptoms:
    • Get tested as soon as possible and stay inside your home and away from other people while awaiting your test result.
    • If your test result is positive, follow up with a health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call 212-COVID-19 (212-268-4319).
Learn more about COVID-19, including available resources in NYC

As you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines and do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, follow the below guidance.

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One person wearing a mask, standing next to a card stating 'COVID-19 vaccinated', with a check mark in the middle.
  • You do not need to separate from others as long as you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Until {{AddDaystoCovidExposureDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}, you should:
    • Wear a well-fitting mask when you are not able to separate from others, including at home.
    • Monitor yourself closely for symptoms.
  • If possible, get tested on {{AddDaystoCovidExposureDate(5) | date:'MMMM d'}}:
    • If you were exposed on more than one day, get tested five days after the date of your initial exposure and again on {{AddDaystoCovidExposureDate(5) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
  • If you develop symptoms:
    • Get tested as soon as possible and stay inside your home and away from other people while awaiting your test result.
    • If your test result is positive, follow up with a health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call 212-COVID-19 (212-268-4319).
  • If your test result is negative:
    • If you took the test with a health care provider or at a testing site, stop separating from others.
    • If you used an at-home test, continue to separate from others and take a second test at least 24 hours later. If that test is also negative, stop separating from others.
    • Continue to monitor your symptoms and wear a well-fitting mask around others until {{AddDaystoCovidExposureDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}.

As you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, follow the below guidance.

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One person wearing a mask in a house.
  • Stay inside your home and away from other people until at least {{AddDaystoCovidExposureDate(5) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
  • Until {{AddDaystoCovidExposureDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}, you should:
    • Wear a well-fitting mask when you are not able to safely separate from others.
    • Monitor yourself closely for symptoms.
  • If possible, get tested on {{AddDaystoCovidExposureDate(5) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
  • You can stop separating from others on {{AddDaystoCovidExposureDate(6) | date:'MMMM d'}} as long as you have been symptom-free throughout the 5-day period.
  • If you are immunocompromised or unable to wear a mask for five full days (this includes children under age 2, who are not recommended to wear masks), quarantine until at least {{AddDaystoCovidExposureDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
  • If you develop symptoms:
    • Get tested as soon as possible, even if you have already tested negative. Stay inside your home and away from other people while waiting for your test result.
    • Contact your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). If your test result is positive or you are unable to get tested, safely separate from others for at least five days after your symptoms began. For guidance, restart this tool and choose “I tested positive for COVID-19.”

Note: Health care personnel, congregate setting staff and individuals who work in or attend childcare or school settings should check with their workplace or school about their policies for returning to work or school.

Learn more about COVID-19, including available resources in NYC.

As you had COVID-19 in the last 90 days and currently have new symptoms, follow the below guidance.

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  • Get tested and stay inside your home and away from other people while waiting for your test result.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when you are not able to safely separate from others.
  • Monitor your symptoms closely. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing, chest pain or new confusion), call 911 or get emergency medical care immediately.
  • If your test result is positive, contact your health care provider. If you do not have a provider, call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319)

Note: Health care personnel, congregate setting staff and people who work in or attend childcare or school settings should check with their workplace or school about their policies for returning.

If you have questions or concerns about your symptoms, contact your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319)

Learn more about COVID-19, including available resources in NYC.

As you have COVID-19 symptoms and are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, follow the below guidance.

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One person wearing a mask in a house.
  • Get tested and stay inside your home and away from other people while waiting for your test result.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when you are not able to safely separate from others.
  • Monitor your symptoms closely. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing, chest pain or new confusion), call 911 or get emergency medical care immediately.
  • If your test result is positive or you are unable to get tested, separate from others for at least five days after your symptoms began. For guidance, restart this tool and choose “I tested positive for COVID-19.”
  • After a negative test result:
    • If you took the test with a health care provider or at a testing site, safely separate from others until at least {{AddDaystoCovidExposureDate(5) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
    • If you used an at-home test, continue to safely separate and take a second test at least 24 hours later. If that test is also negative, safely separate from others until at least {{AddDaystoCovidExposureDate(5) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
    • If you are immunocompromised or unable to wear a mask for five days (this includes children under age 2), safely separate from others until at least {{AddDaystoCovidExposureDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
    • Continue to monitor your symptoms and wear a well-fitting mask around others until {{AddDaystoCovidExposureDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}.

Note: Health care personnel, congregate setting staff and people who work in or attend childcare or school settings should check with their workplace or school about their policies for returning.

If you have questions or concerns about your symptoms, contact your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

Learn more about COVID-19, including available resources in NYC.

As you have COVID-19 symptoms and are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, follow the below guidance.

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One person wearing a mask in a house, feeling their forehead with their hand, next to a thermometer.
  • Get tested and stay inside your home and away from other people while waiting for your test result.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when you are not able to safely separate from others.
  • Monitor your symptoms closely. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing, chest pain or new confusion), call 911 or get emergency medical care immediately.
  • If your test result is positive or you are unable to get tested, safely separate from others for at least five days after your symptoms began. For guidance, restart this tool and choose “I tested positive for COVID-19."
  • If your test result is negative:
    • If you took the test with a health care provider or at a testing site, stop separating from others.
    • If you used an at-home test, continue to separate from others and take a second test at least 24 hours later. If that test is also negative, stop separating from others.
    • Continue to monitor your symptoms and wear a well-fitting mask around others until {{AddDaystoCovidExposureDate(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
If you have questions or concerns about your symptoms, contact your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

Learn more about COVID-19, including available resources in NYC.

As you have COVID-19 symptoms and are still waiting for your test result, follow the below guidance.

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One person wearing a mask in a house.
While Waiting for Your Test:
  • Stay inside your home and safely separate from other people.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when you are not able to safely separate from others.
  • Monitor your symptoms closely. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing, chest pain or new confusion), call 911 or get emergency medical care immediately.
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If your test result is positive:
Continue safely separating from others, and restart this tool and choose “I tested positive for COVID-19.”
A COVID test showing a negative result
A COVID test showing a negative result
If your test result is negative:
  • You can stop separating from others if you took the test with a health care provider or at a testing site.
  • For an at-home test, you should continue to safely separate from others and take a second test at least 24 hours later. If that test is negative, stop separating.
If you have questions or concerns about your symptoms, reach out to a health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

Learn more about COVID-19, including available resources in NYC.

As you have COVID-19-like symptoms and have tested negative for COVID-19 since your symptoms began, follow the below guidance.

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One person wearing a mask in a house, feeling their forehead with their hand, next to a thermometer. Next to them is a home COVID test showing a negative result.
As you have tested positive for COVID-19 and have COVID-19 symptoms,
  • If you took your test with a health care provider or at a testing site, do not safely separate from others.
  • If you used an at-home test you should safely separate from others and take a second test at least 24 hours later. If that test is also negative, stop separating from others.
  • If you have questions or concerns about your symptoms, contact your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).



Note: Health care personnel, congregate setting staff and people who work in or attend childcare or school settings should check with their workplace or school about their policies for returning.

Learn more about COVID-19, including available resources in NYC.

As you have COVID-19 symptoms and have not taken a COVID-19 test since your symptoms began, follow the below guidance.

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One person wearing a mask in a house, feeling their forehead with their hand, next to a clock, and next to a liquid dropper placing a drop in a home COVID test.

Get tested and stay inside your home and away from other people while waiting for your test result.

If you are not able to get tested:
  • Stay inside your home and safely separate from other people until at least {{AddDaystoCovidSymptomsDate_NotknownExposure(5) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
  • If you are immunocompromised or unable to wear a mask for five days (this includes children younger than 2 years), safely separate from others until at least {{AddDaystoCovidSymptomsDate_NotknownExposure(10) | date:'MMMM d'}}.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when you are not able to safely separate from others.
  • Monitor your symptoms closely. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing, chest pain or new confusion), call 911 or get emergency medical care immediately.
  • Contact your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).
If you have questions or concerns about your symptoms, contact your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

Learn more about COVID-19, including available resources in NYC.