We spoke with our infectious diseases and infection control specialist for details.
A small outbreak of Covid-19 in a Vermont prison has prompted a change in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines for what qualifies as close contact with an infected person — and illustrates the importance of wearing a mask.
But what actually constitutes exposure to the novel coronavirus? Could that be my home? Go home immediately and self-isolate in your own room, preferably in one with an attached bathroom.
How much contact, exactly, does it take to be considered one? So the challenge is going to be taking that new guidance and determining how it applies to an individual person.
At this time, close contacts do not need to self-isolate.
So, the best thing you can do to protect yourself and others is continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and stay at home whenever possible.
Evidence Summary Among 4,950 close contacts, during quarantine 129 cases 2.
So always assume that the virus can be transmitted from you and to you and take the appropriate steps to stop the spread.