Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a mask. An infected person can spread COVID starting 48 hours or 2 days before the person has any symptoms or tests positive. By letting your close contacts know they may have been exposed to COVID, you are helping to protect everyone.
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Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
On November 3, , the Department of Public Health updated a health order to allow more services to open indoors and outdoors. See all the coronavirus public health orders, in various languages. Download PDFs of frequently asked questions, in various languages. Even as we reopen San Francisco, the safest choice is to stay home. If you do meet with others for your mental health, you can reduce your risk for getting or spreading COVID Meet outdoors and keep your group small. See guidance about safer social interactions during the pandemic.
To prevent the spread of coronavirus, you may need to stay at home and not receive visitors. This is called self-quarantining. You need to stay at home or in your accommodation if you have COVID symptoms, such as a runny nose or fever. How long you need to self-quarantine, and what the rules are, depends on the situation. After someone is infected with coronavirus it can take between 2 and 10 days for symptoms, such as a cough or shortness of breath, to appear. To prevent this, in some situations you will need to stay home and not receive visitors.