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TESTING, QUARANTINE OR ISOLATION? (COVID-19)

ALL ARE USED TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. HOW DO THEY DIFFER AND HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?

WHO Everyone.
No symptoms but potential contact (gathering, class, etc.) with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
Exposure.
No symptoms but had close contact** with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
If Symptoms Occur.
Has symptoms* of COVID-19 (regardless of exposure or single test result)
WHAT Get tested.
Regardless of vaccine status. 2 times per week through UT’s free Proactive Community Testing program. Students, faculty and staff eligible.

Self-monitor.
Regardless of vaccine status.
Self-quarantine.
If not fully vaccinated, stay home and limit interactions with others. Self-monitor. Check for fever or respiratory symptoms. Individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine, but should mask in indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result. How to Self-Quarantine (pdf).

Get tested.
Regardless of vaccine status. If asymptomatic, get tested 3-5 days after exposure (date of exposure is day 0) through UT’s free Proactive Community Testing program. Students, faculty and staff eligible. If symptoms occur, see the column to the right.
Get tested.
Regardless of vaccine status. Do not leave home. Avoid others in your residence. Disinfect surfaces regularly. Monitor for symptoms that may require hospitalization.***

Self-isolate.
Regardless of vaccine status. Students: schedule test or telehealth appointment with UHS provider, depending upon symptom severity. Follow prompts to schedule through MyUHS or, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, call either: UHS Appointments, 512-471-4955, or
UHS Nurse Advice Line, 512-475-6877
Faculty/Staff: schedule test with UT Health Austin or private healthcare provider
FOR HOW LONG? Until community transmission is lowered. Until 10 days after exposure (date of exposure is day 0), no symptoms and without testing OR until 7 days after exposure, no symptoms and with a negative test result occurring between days 5 and 7.**** At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medications AND symptoms have improved.
**** In both cases, continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days after last exposure.
WHO Everyone.
No symptoms but potential contact (gathering, class, etc.) with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
WHAT Get tested.
Regardless of vaccine status. 2 times per week through UT’s free Proactive Community Testing program. Students, faculty and staff eligible.

Self-monitor.
Regardless of vaccine status.
FOR HOW LONG? Until community transmission is lowered.
WHO Exposure.
No symptoms but had close contact** with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
WHAT Self-quarantine.
If not fully vaccinated, stay home and limit interactions with others. Self-monitor. Check for fever or respiratory symptoms. Individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine. How to Self-Quarantine (pdf).

Get tested.
Regardless of vaccine status. If asymptomatic, get tested 3-5 days after exposure (date of exposure is day 0) through UT’s free Proactive Community Testing program. Students, faculty and staff eligible. If symptoms occur, see the table below.
FOR HOW LONG? Until 10 days after exposure (date of exposure is day 0), no symptoms and without testing OR until 7 days after exposure, no symptoms and with a negative test result occurring between days 5 and 7.****
WHO If Symptoms Occur.
Has symptoms* of COVID-19 (regardless of exposure or single test result)
WHAT Get tested.
Regardless of vaccine status. Do not leave home. Avoid others in your residence. Disinfect surfaces regularly. Monitor for symptoms that may require hospitalization.***

Self-isolate.
Regardless of vaccine status. Students: schedule test or telehealth appointment with UHS provider, depending upon symptom severity. Follow prompts to schedule through MyUHS or, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, call either: UHS Appointments, 512-471-4955, or
UHS Nurse Advice Line, 512-475-6877
Faculty/Staff: schedule test with UT Health Austin or private healthcare provider
FOR HOW LONG? At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medications AND symptoms have improved.
**** In both cases, continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days after last exposure.

DEFINITIONS:

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

**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

***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 self-monitoring 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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