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COVID-19 EXPOSURE ACTION CHART

WHO UP TO DATE ON COVID-19 VACCINATION
CDC Staying Up to Date on COVID-19 Vaccines
UNVACCINATED OR NOT UP TO DATE
CDC Staying Up to Date on COVID-19 Vaccines

Asymptomatic Close Contact Exposure

(No symptoms* but had close contact** with someone who tested positive for COVID-19)

Mask around others for 10 days.

Get tested on day 5 after exposure (date of exposure is day 0). Use a free self-test kit. See below for what to do if you develop symptoms or test positive.

Self-monitor. Check for fever or respiratory symptoms.

Self-quarantine. Stay home for 5 days.

Mask around others for 10 days.

Get tested on day 5 after exposure (date of exposure is day 0). Use a free self-test kit. See below for what to do if you develop symptoms or test positive.

Self-monitor. Check for fever or respiratory symptoms.

Symptomatic
(regardless of exposure)

Self-isolate. Do not leave home unless seeking medical care or testing. Avoid others in your

Get tested Immediately.

Students: schedule an appointment with a UHS provider. You may also choose to use a free self-test kit.

Faculty/Staff: schedule a test with UT Health Austin or private healthcare provider. You may also choose to use a free self-test kit.

Mask with a properly fit, non-cloth mask.

Self-isolate. Do not leave home unless seeking medical care or testing. Avoid others in your

Get tested Immediately.

Students: schedule an appointment with a UHS provider. You may also choose to use a free self-test kit.

Faculty/Staff: schedule a test with UT Health Austin or private healthcare provider. You may also choose to use a free self-test kit.

Mask with a properly fit, non-cloth mask.

Positive COVID-19 Test

Isolate for at least 5 days*** since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medications AND symptoms have improved.

If asymptomatic, isolate for 5 days from the date of the test.

Immediately notify individuals with whom you had close contact in the 48 hour period prior to receiving your positive test result or symptom onset and ask them to follow the guidance above for asymptomatic close contacts (or symptomatic if applicable).

Mask for a full 10 days with a properly-fit non-cloth masks, even if you have ended isolation after 5.

Isolate for at least 5 days*** since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medications AND symptoms have improved.

If asymptomatic, isolate for 5 days from the date of the test.

Immediately notify individuals with whom you had close contact in the 48 hour period prior to receiving your positive test result or symptom onset and ask them to follow the guidance above for asymptomatic close contacts (or symptomatic if applicable).

Mask for a full 10 days with a properly-fit non-cloth masks, even if you have ended isolation after 5.

WHO

Asymptomatic Close Contact Exposure

(No symptoms* but had close contact** with someone who tested positive for COVID-19)

UP TO DATE ON COVID-19 VACCINATION
CDC Staying Up to Date on COVID-19 Vaccines

Mask around others for 10 days.

Get tested on day 5 after exposure (date of exposure is day 0). Use a free self-test kit. See below for what to do if you develop symptoms or test positive.

Self-monitor. Check for fever or respiratory symptoms.

UNVACCINATED OR NOT UP TO DATE
CDC Staying Up to Date on COVID-19 Vaccines

Self-quarantine. Stay home for 5 days.

Mask around others for 10 days.

Get tested on day 5 after exposure (date of exposure is day 0). Use a free self-test kit. See below for what to do if you develop symptoms or test positive.

Self-monitor. Check for fever or respiratory symptoms.

WHO

Symptomatic
(regardless of exposure)

UP TO DATE ON COVID-19 VACCINATION
CDC Staying Up to Date on COVID-19 Vaccines

Self-isolate. Do not leave home unless seeking medical care or testing. Avoid others in your

Get tested Immediately.

Students: schedule an appointment with a UHS provider. You may also choose to use a free self-test kit.

Faculty/Staff: schedule a test with UT Health Austin or private healthcare provider. You may also choose to use a free self-test kit.

Mask with a properly fit, non-cloth mask.

UNVACCINATED OR NOT UP TO DATE
CDC Staying Up to Date on COVID-19 Vaccines

Self-isolate. Do not leave home unless seeking medical care or testing. Avoid others in your

Get tested Immediately.

Students: schedule an appointment with a UHS provider. You may also choose to use a free self-test kit.

Faculty/Staff: schedule a test with UT Health Austin or private healthcare provider. You may also choose to use a free self-test kit.

Mask with a properly fit, non-cloth mask.

WHO

Positive COVID-19 Test

UP TO DATE ON COVID-19 VACCINATION
CDC Staying Up to Date on COVID-19 Vaccines

Isolate for at least 5 days*** since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medications AND symptoms have improved.

If asymptomatic, isolate for 5 days from the date of the test.

Immediately notify individuals with whom you had close contact in the 48 hour period prior to receiving your positive test result or symptom onset and ask them to follow the guidance above for asymptomatic close contacts (or symptomatic if applicable).

Mask for a full 10 days with a properly-fit non-cloth masks, even if you have ended isolation after 5.

UNVACCINATED OR NOT UP TO DATE
CDC Staying Up to Date on COVID-19 Vaccines

Isolate for at least 5 days*** since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medications AND symptoms have improved.

If asymptomatic, isolate for 5 days from the date of the test.

Immediately notify individuals with whom you had close contact in the 48 hour period prior to receiving your positive test result or symptom onset and ask them to follow the guidance above for asymptomatic close contacts (or symptomatic if applicable).

Mask for a full 10 days with a properly-fit non-cloth masks, even if you have ended isolation after 5.

DEFINITIONS:

*Symptoms of COVID-19: Range from mild to severe and may include fever (≥ 100.0°F) or chills, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

**Close Contact: Being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test) until the time the patient is isolated.

***Five Day Isolation: Given there is small residual risk of transmission from days 5-10 in some cases, UT recommends minimizing time in public when possible (for example, work/study from home). For masking, properly fit, non-cloth masks are preferred in this scenario, and eat/drink in well-ventilated and socially distanced locations. If you must be around others, then a negative rapid antigen test for COVID-19 on the evening of day 5 or morning of day 6 can reassure you and others that you are LESS LIKELY TO BE infectious. If a rapid test is not available, consider staying home at least past day 7, as risk of transmitting from day 8-10 is minimal. PCR tests should not be used to end isolation.

Symptoms that Suggest COVID-19 Worsening, Call Your Doctor or Go to ER: Shortness of breath at rest, chest pain, persistently high fever despite fever lowering medicine, confusion, lightheadedness, inability to eat or drink.

Self-monitor: People should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. If they feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the selfmonitoring period, they should self-isolate, limit contact with others and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider to determine whether medical evaluation is needed.

Self-quarantine: Separates people who were exposed but do not have symptoms to see if they become symptomatic. A person can be contagious before symptoms begin, so this is critical to prevent the spread.

Self-isolation: Separates people with symptoms of COVID-19, with or without a positive test. Stay home and away from others who share your residence to prevent the spread of the virus.

Note: Testing guidance is based on limited information and is subject to change as more information becomes available.

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