If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, learn what to do next.

Updated January 15, 2022

What you do now depends on 3 things:

  1. When you were exposed to COVID-19.
  2. The number of COVID-19 vaccines you have had.
  3. If you have previously had COVID-19.

You will need to either self-monitor or self-isolate. Self-monitoring means checking your health often for signs of COVID-19 illness. Self-isolating means separating yourself from others and not being in situations where you could spread COVID-19 to others.

Depending on which situation applies to you, see the table and follow the instructions for what to do.

Fully vaccinated means you received both doses of a two-dose series (e.g. AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Moderna vaccine), or it has been more than 14 days since you received a single dose of a one-dose series (e.g. Janssen/Johnson and Johnson).

Situation What to do
You are fully vaccinated or had COVID-19 in the last 90 days. From the date you were exposed, self-monitor for signs of COVID-19 illness for 10 days.
You are not fully vaccinated and did not have COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
From the date you were exposed, self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for at least 10 days (or longer - see below).

If you cannot self-isolate away from the person who tests positive, extend your self-isolation and self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 more days from the day this person ends their self-isolation.
  • How to self-isolate

    • Do not go to work, school or other public areas (such as grocery stores, shopping malls, fitness centres or places of worship).
    • Do not have visitors.
    • Do not share personal items with others.
    • Do not use public transport.
    • Stay away from others in your home.
    • Stay in a separate bathroom and bedroom, if possible.
    • Get basics like groceries and medicines brought to you by someone not self-isolating.
  • How to self-monitor

    • Check yourself each day for signs of illness such as a fever, a cough, feeling unwell or feeling short of breath. Use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool at bc.thrive.health.
    • If you are feeling well, you can continue to go to work, school or other public areas.
    • As much as possible, try not to take any medicines with acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These medicines can hide early signs of COVID-19 illness.
  • If you get sick

    • If you notice signs of a cold, the flu or COVID-19 illness, start self-isolating right away. You may need to be tested.
    • You still need to self-isolate if you are tested for COVID-19 and the result is negative for 10 days from the last time you were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, unless you are fully vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated, you should stay home until you feel well enough to return to normal activities.
  • Learn more

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