I have been exposed to COVID-19. How do I quarantine or isolate at home?

This article contains information from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

People with COVID-19 do not always recognize their early symptoms. Even if you do not have symptoms now, it is possible to transmit COVID-19 before you start showing symptoms or without ever developing symptoms.

If you have recently travelled outside of Canada you should check the current travel restrictions, exemptions and advice from the Government of Canada; the advice for your quarantine or isolation may have changed while you were away.

Quarantine and Isolation

You may be asked to quarantine if you've been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed or may have COVID-19, even if you do not have any symptoms. There can be different requirements if you or any of your household members have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You should always follow the instructions from your local public health authority.

If you’ve been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for your results, you must quarantine until:

  • you have received negative results or
  • your local public health authority tells you that you no longer need to quarantine

If you start to develop symptoms within 14 days of your quarantine, you must begin to self-isolate.

If you’re isolating at home, your household members may need to quarantine after their last exposure to you. Your local public health authority will determine their length of quarantine based on a variety of factors, including:

  • your vaccination status and
  • how well they can separate from you in your home or co-living setting (like whether you have access to a separate bedroom and washroom)

For more information, visit Canada.ca/coronavirus or call 1-833-784-4397.

Last updated: September 21, 2021 4006431