What is Close Contact?
Close Contact” means you had any of the following types of contact with the person with COVID-19 while they were contagious‡:
• Lived or stayed overnight with them
• Was their intimate sex partner
• Took care of them or they took care of you
• Stayed within 6 feet of them for more than 15 minutes
• Exposed to direct contact with their body fluids or secretions (e.g., they coughed or sneezed on you) while you were not wearing a face mask, gown, and gloves
What is Contagiousness?
Contagiousness: People with COVID-19 are considered contagious starting 48 hours before their symptoms began until.
1) they haven’t had a fever for at least 24 hours,
2) their symptoms have improved, AND
3) at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms began. If the person with COVID-19 never had symptoms, then they are considered contagious starting 48 hours before their test that confirmed they have COVID-19 until 10 days after the date of that test.
• If you answered YES to Question 1 or Question 2:
o You MUST follow the rules mandated by the Health Officer Isolation/Quarantine Directive No 2020-03c/02c. Follow Isolation/Quarantine Steps at:
o Do not leave your home to the extent possible until the Isolation or Quarantine Steps tell you it is safe to do so!
o If you need help with essential services like food, housing, or other needs while you are isolating or quarantining, call 3-1-1.
• If you answered YES to Question 3: You may have COVID-19 and to keep others safe, you should isolate until you know whether you have COVID-19. Follow these steps:
1. Follow the instructions at:
2. GET TESTED! If you have insurance, contact your healthcare provider to get tested for COVID-19. If you do not have insurance, you can sign up for free testing at CityTestSF (https://sf.gov/citytestsf).
- Follow the instructions in to determine next steps depending on your test result.
Please note: Flu vaccines are critical in the fight against COVID-19 by (1) keeping workers and communities healthy and (2) reducing strain on our healthcare and testing systems that are responding to COVID-19.Those over the age of 6 months are strongly encouraged to get a flu shot. Find out how to get one at www.sfcdcp.org/flu