The CDC masking recommendations for people home with COVID have evolved through time. For people who are home with COVID, “Day Zero” is either the day symptoms began, or the day they had a positive test if they are asymptomatic. For five days, you should stay home and isolate yourself from other individuals.
After five days, if you are feeling better, meaning that you are not running a fever and you are subjectively feeling better, you can safely leave your house and go out and about. However, the CDC recommendation is to still wear a high quality mask for five more additional days.
Most, but not all of the transmission of COVID takes place within the first five days of infection. However, there is a small amount of transmission that can occur from days five to ten.
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