The CDC recommends that people should stay away from work/school and are still contagious 24 hrs after the fever breaks from most viruses.
People are contagious from the common flu 5-7 days from the time symptoms begin.
Covid-19 symptoms start around day 5 from exposure and are contagious approximately 2-12 days from exposure.
People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. The CDC says you should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
Other household warnings:
- Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.
- Also, if you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
NYC Mayor, Bill De Blasio has announced that 35,000 city employees (10% of the workforce) have been told to work from home, or work staggered schedules.
Again, work smart, live smart.