If you test positive for COVID-19 you should follow the CDC’s isolation requirements (isolation refers to the behavior following testing positive for COVID-19). The CDC recently changed isolation time for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic (i.e. do not experience symptoms). If a person is asymptomatic after 5 days (i.e. on day 6 of isolation), they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask (ideally with a surgical or N95 mask) for the next 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others. All of this must happen for anyone, regardless of vaccination status.
For individuals who test positive and have symptoms, you can end isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved. You should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days. If you continue to have a fever or your symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, you should wait to end your isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of medication) and your other symptoms have improved.
NOTE: your day count starts on the day that you test positive (if you’re asymptomatic) OR on the day your symptoms start – whichever comes first.