Even though the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to certain groups of people, it’s far too soon to let our guard down against virus.
COVID-19 continues to spread in South Carolina and across the country, and new, highly transmissible variants of the virus have been detected. Taking precautions such as social distancing, wearing a mask and avoiding close contact with others is vital to limiting spread of the disease.
If you do come into close contact with someone who is infected with COVID-19, it’s important to quarantine yourself. By doing so, you can help prevent yourself from inadvertently spreading the disease to others until you’re sure you haven’t been infected.
Close contact is defined as being within six feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting two days before the infected person began showing symptoms or, in the case of close contact with an asymptomatic person, two days before the person tested positive for COVID-19.
If you were in the same building or room but not in close contact with someone with COVID-19, your risk of catching the virus from that person is low, and you do not need to quarantine. However, you should continue to follow precautions such as social distancing, washing your hands regularly and wearing a mask.