What to do if you’re told you’re a close contact

Who’s a close contact?

For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 2 metres (6 feet) for a combined total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period while someone’s in their infectious period.

The infectious period, which is when someone can spread illness, is usually 2 days before the start of their symptoms through to 7 or 10 days after their symptoms develop.

If you are a close contact

Regardless of vaccination status, monitor for symptoms after exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

It is recommended that you avoid ongoing contact with the person who tested positive if possible. Continuing to have contact with someone who has tested positive will increase the risk that you become sick.

Symptoms to self-monitor for

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle aches

Your symptoms may be mild or severe. They often vary in people who are very young or older people. While most people will experience mild illness, others are at higher risk for severe illness.

If you develop symptoms

If you develop symptoms, no matter how mild, isolate and arrange to get tested