Testing positive with no current symptoms
As mentioned above, some individuals with COVID-19 experience no symptoms through the course of the infection. However, it is still important to take the following precautions in order reduce the risk of spreading the disease to others.
Once an individual tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 while being asymptomatic, their healthcare provider will provide specific advise on what the next steps are in the care plan. This typically involves isolating oneself for at least 10 days since testing positive. Isolation involves staying away from all people, even family members, for the full length of time except for seeking medical care.
If an infected individual is living in the same vicinity as others, attempting to use a separate bathroom, staying in a separate room, avoiding contact with other people and animals, and not sharing common household items are all extremely important aspects in preventing the spread of the disease.
Depending on the healthcare providers specific advice and availability of testing, they may recommend the individual get tested again to see if they are still COVID-19 positive. If this is the case, the individual can abandon isolation after receiving two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.