Self-isolation separates people infected with a contagious disease from people who are not.
Isolation is intended for people who are sick, beginning to show symptoms, getting ill and think they might have COVID 19, or have tested positive for COVID-19. Symptoms may be mild and feel like a common cold, especially early on. Early symptoms could include a combination of cough, body aches, fatigue and chest tightness. Some people may not develop a fever or a fever may not appear until several days into the illness.
Isolation can be voluntary or mandated by a public health professional.
When should you isolate?
You should begin isolation as soon as you:
Isolation is different from quarantine. Isolation is typically 10 days from onset of symptoms or your test date if you are asymptomatic . A negative COVID test while you are in isolation will not reduce the isolation period. The isolation timeframe is confirmed during the case investigation.
Where and how should you isolate?
When to seek emergency medical care
If you or someone you know is showing any of these signs or symptoms*, seek emergency medical care immediately:
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility and notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
*This list does not cover all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
What to expect next
Talk to a CU case investigator
After notification of your positive test result, a case investigator will be reaching out to you to talk to you about your symptoms; where, when, and how you might have been exposed to COVID-19; and who might be a close contact of yours.
Case investigators follow the CDC definition of a close contact. Anyone identified as a close contact will only receive general information indicating that they may have been exposed. Your personal information will be kept confidential.
Due to campus COVID-19 protocols, some case investigators are working remotely and may be calling from a blocked or restricted number.
Contact faculty members and (if applicable) work
Contact faculty members and/or work to let them know you will not be able to participate in in-person activities. If you have reached out to faculty and still aren’t sure what to do or if your symptoms become more acute and you are looking into additional academic options, please fill out the SSCM referral form and a Case Manager will reach out to you directly to provide assistance and/or connect you with additional support resources.
Leave isolation when it’s time
You will receive additional isolation information from a case investigator and a projected date on when you may leave isolation. A case investigator will call you to check in on symptoms and confirm your release from isolation. Do not stop isolating until you have been cleared to return to normal activities by a case investigator or public health representative.
If you have any questions about isolation, contact CU Contact Tracing
If you have any questions, please email or call Contact Tracing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-735-0017 to speak with a case investigator. Emails and voicemails are checked regularly, including weekends. We also have a 24/7 nurse line available for clinical consultation should your symptoms worsen.