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

Updated January 20, 2022

Who is considered a “close contact” of a person with COVID-19?

A close contact is generally someone who has been near a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes when health and safety measures were not in place or were insufficient.

Whether notified of a COVID-19 exposure or not, everyone should routinely monitor symptoms of COVID-19 and stay home if you feel unwell or develop symptoms.

If symptoms develop, stay at home until you are well enough to participate in your usual activities and check to see if testing is recommended.

Most people do not need testing and can self-manage even if they are known close contacts.

Self-monitoring

At this time, close contacts do not need to self-isolate. You should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 even if you are fully vaccinated or had COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

If you have no symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need a test.

If you develop symptoms, you should stay at home until your symptoms improve. You may need to be tested.

Should I get tested if I am a close contact of someone with COVID-19?

If you are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need to be tested. Learn more at the BCCDC's Close contacts webpage.

What do I do if I live with someone who has COVID-19?

Learn what to do on the BCCDC's webpage.

What do I do if I live with someone who is a close contact?

If you live with someone who is a close contact, there are steps you can take to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 to others in case this person gets sick with COVID-19. Learn more at the BCCDC's Close contacts webpage.

  • 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.

  • Learn more

    If you have any questions or concerns, HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1.

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