If you’re aware you’ve been exposed to someone with a case of COVID-19, you probably have questions about what to do next. First, because the novel coronavirus has an incubation of two to 14 days—you’ll need to quarantine for two weeks, whether or not you feel sick in that time frame.

Then, you should consider getting tested so you can confirm whether or not you’ve picked up the virus yourself. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that the following people get tested for COVID-19:

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19
  • People who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider or local or state health department

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