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Exposed to COVID-19? Here’s what you should do next

As COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket in Quebec, it is not impossible that you may have come into contact with an infected person while on vacation. If you find out that you have been exposed to COVID-19, your first thought might be, “Now what should I do?” (Well, your first thought after “S ** t !!!!”)

The Government of Quebec has outlined the exact next steps you should take for its “Instructions for people who have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19” Web page.

It divides “contact types” into three groups: high-risk contacts, moderate-risk contacts, and low-risk contacts.

High-risk contacts include people you live with, sexual partners (even if you don’t live together), people you were with in a confined indoor space, such as a car, without wearing masks, and people who you were with at a “festive gathering.”

If you have been exposed to high-risk contact, you should self-isolate at home and monitor your symptoms for 10 days from the last time you were exposed, even if you have no symptoms and even if you are get a negative test result.

Ten days are extended to 14 days if you cannot isolate yourself from the person who tested positive – for example, if it is your child. But instead of using the last time you were exposed as a timestamp, use the date of symptom onset or the date of the positive test result.

Moderate risk contacts are people who you have been within two meters for at least 15 minutes when one of you is not wearing a mask, while low risk contacts are from a similar scenario but with you two wearing masks.

For 10 days, Quebecers who have been exposed to moderate-risk contacts must monitor their symptoms, avoid social contact – especially with vulnerable people – and wear a mask during all social interactions.

Those who have been exposed to low-risk contacts need only watch their symptoms for 10 days.

It is important to remember that symptoms develop, on average, five to seven days after infection, but this period can also range from two to twelve days, depending on the patient. Government of Quebec.

If you develop symptoms, isolate until you can get tested or for 10 days.

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