The length of time that people feel sick with COVID-19 varies from person to person based on many factors, including age and underlying health conditions. Everyone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, muscle aches, cough, shortness of breath, to name a few) should self-quarantine regardless of whether or not they have been tested.
As you start to feel better, you will likely wonder how long you need to maintain strict self-quarantine. Current guidance states that you should stay isolated until 7 days after symptoms first appeared or until you have had NO symptoms for 72 hours, whichever is longer. No symptoms means no fever even without fever-reducing medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil), no cough, no runny nose, and improvement in shortness of breath.
Science review by: JAB, ERS
Last updated: March 20, 2020 12:00pm ET