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Ending isolation - coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have COVID-19, most people can end isolation 7 full days from taking the test that gave you the positive COVID-19 result.

Requirements for ending isolation

On day 7 of your isolation, you must not have any of the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • cough that is bad or getting worse.

If you do have any of these symptoms on day 7 of your isolation, you must remain in isolation until those symptoms have gone away.

Excluded ongoing symptoms

After being sick with COVID-19, some people still have a:

  • mild dry cough
  • mild fatigue
  • loss of taste of smell.

You do not need to stay in isolation if you still have these symptoms.

If you are treated by a Hospital and Health Service

If you are being treated by a Queensland Hospital and Health Service, a nurse or a medical practitioner from the service will tell you when your isolation can end.

If household members get COVID-19

If others in your household tested positive while you were in isolation, you can still leave isolation after 7 days, but they must continue to isolate.

After ending your isolation

When you leave home for the 7 days after you end your isolation, you must wear a face mask at all times, including indoors or when you are outdoors and you can’t remain physically distanced from others. Find out what else you are required to do in the 7 days to 12 weeks after you have COVID-19.