How long is a person contagious with Covid-19?

Article written by Francis Dunn, Miami, FL

Covid-19 is very contagious and people who do not show any symptoms can similarly transmit the disease. If a patient is unsure how long they should be in quarantine, they should continue to follow quarantine guidelines until they can re-test themselves to confirm that they are clear of the virus.

Most people are very contagious in the first week of the illness, making it important for people to immediately isolate themselves as soon as they know of being exposed to the virus. Researchers say that patients are contagious from day 2 – day 14, with symptoms appearing between day 4-5. The general time patients take to shed the virus is after day 8 of developing symptoms. Data shows that after 15 days patients have shown that they only carry 5% of the virus.

However, this research was gathered from patients who were receiving treatment in hospitals for mild to severe covid-19. These factors may vary for patients with slight or asymptomatic symptoms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that people can only be around others after 10 days following their first symptoms and 24-hours after they have no fever without medication. If all these conditions are met and the patient is only experiencing loss of taste and smell, the patient can stop isolating. However, these guidelines are only for those who have experienced symptoms. Patients who have suffered severe covid-19 symptoms may have a weakened immune system and therefore may need to further isolate to avoid contracting any other diseases.

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Francis Dunn is based in Miami, FloridaFrancis William Dunn has the heart of an entrepreneur and has worked with successful companies such as DMDconnects. His expertise in fund raising has helped with multiple new start-ups in the healthcare and medical device sector. Francis Dunn is experienced in people development, online healthcare, executive management and acquisitions. He is an advocate for healthy living and a caring father.