You've Been Tested - What's Next
Waiting for Test Results
Living in Large Households
If you are waiting for your COVID-19 test results, stay home and self-isolate while you wait for your COVID-19 test results. You should get your test results within 2-4 days. If you are not sick, talk to your employer to see if you should return to work while waiting for your results.
If you have symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing) and are waiting for tests results, you should:
- Stay home, if you are sick except to get urgent medical care. Call ahead to let them know that you may have COVID-19. Avoid going out or riding public transportation.
- Stay in another room or away from others in your home.
- Wear a face covering when you are in the same room as others at home.
- Check and track your symptoms. If your symptoms get worse, get medical help right away.
Everyone at Home Should:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get tested. If you were within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes within a 24 hour period during the infectious period of someone with COVID-19, you should get tested.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and disinfect “high-touch” surfaces like phones, bathrooms, remotes, counters, and doorknobs often.
- Wear a face covering.
- Stay 6 feet apart and avoid close contact with others including hugs and kisses.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with arm or use a tissue. Throw used tissues in the trash right away.
- Avoid touching face when hands are not clean.
- Avoid sharing personal items like cups, dishes, utensils, towels, and bedding.