If you would like a chart version of the isolation/quarantine scenarios, click here.
What does this mean?
Even if you do not have a known high-risk exposure, the presence of COVID-19 symptoms suggests you may have COVID-19. Vaccination status does not change this. The safest thing to do is to isolate for 10 days and acquire a COVID test (PCR preferable) to confirm. There may be an alternative diagnosis which explains your symptoms. Because of the many different scenarios for presumed COVID patients, a doctor visit can help decide the best course of action.
What should I do?
You should isolate for 10 days from the day you started symptoms. We recommend taking a COVID-19 test. If it is positive, click here. If you test negative during your symptoms, continue to isolate for the full 10 days from the start of your symptoms as it may be a false negative.
What is my treatment plan?
Treatment plans will be similar to cold/flu virus infections.
Do I need to schedule an appointment?
In most cases, you may be able to monitor and treat at home. Seek medical attention if there is a fever ≥101 for ≥3 days (or any fever ≥100.4 in children less than 3 months old), respiratory distress, dehydration symptoms, or lethargy.
You may also need an appointment:
- if your school is requiring a note (please see the “How do I get a Return to School note?” section below)
- if you would like to see if you qualify for a shorter isolation period (please see the “Can my isolation end sooner?” section below).
Should I test?
We recommend taking a COVID-19 test. If it is positive, click here for COVID-19 positive isolation guidelines. If you test negative during your symptoms, continue to isolate for the full 10 days from start date of symptoms. A negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test should be verified with a PCR test.
You can go to one of the testing facilities below or contact your Blue Fish location for a lab slip to get a PCR test at a Memorial Hermann Urgent Care.
Can my isolation end sooner?
Isolation may end sooner with professional medical guidance. A negative COVID-19 test result does not necessarily mean you do not have COVID-19. If you need to speak with a doctor, contact your Blue Fish location for an appointment (see the “Scheduling an appointment” section above).
What about my family?
For those who are living with someone in isolation for suspected COVID-19, you are a primary high risk exposure (click here to use our COVID-19 Self-Assessment for specific family member exposure guidelines and recommendations).
When am I cleared?
After a minimum of 10 days have passed (or sooner under medical guidance) AND symptoms have improved AND you are free of fever for more than 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
How do I get a Return to School note?
Ask your school for their specific return requirements. If you require a school note, you will need to schedule an appointment to determine the proper return guidelines (please see “Scheduling an appointment” section above).
This COVID-19 Self-Assessment does not replace professional medical advice, but can guide you on quarantining and isolation guidelines. Parents should help answer for children. Each member of the family can take this Self-Assessment to determine their specific quarantine/isolation guidelines. You may retake this self-evaluation at anytime during your quarantine if circumstances change.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please dial 911 or go to a pediatric emergency room.
By clicking the link below, you are acknowledging that this tool is used for guidance only and does not replace professional medical advice.