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If you've been exposed to the coronavirus

April 12, 2022

If you've been exposed, are sick, or are caring for someone with COVID-19

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If you've been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or begin to experience symptoms of the disease, you may be asked to self-quarantine or self-isolate. What does that entail, and what can you do to prepare yourself for an extended stay at home? How soon after you're infected will you start to be contagious? And what can you do to prevent others in your household from getting sick?

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Additional information on coronavirus and COVID-19 can be found on other pages within the Resource Center.

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You think you've got COVID-19. Here's what you need to do (recorded 4/10/20)

We asked Dr. Mallika Marshall, medical reporter for CBS-affiliate WBZ TV in Boston and an instructor at Harvard Medical School, how we should react when we start to experience a dry cough or perhaps spike a fever. Who do you call? How do you protect your family? When does it make sense to move toward an emergency department, and how should we prepare? Dr. Marshall is the host of Harvard Health Publishing's online course series, and an urgent care physician at Mass General Hospital.

Visit our Coronavirus Resource Center for more information on coronavirus and COVID-19.

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