to work after COVID illness:
A test-based strategy is not recommended because frequently people continue to shed
residual SARS-CoV-2 RNA remnants that may be detectable, but is no longer infectious. To determine a person who has tested
positive may return to work, Sharon Lee Family Health Care recommends following the guidelines from the CDC:
A) Symptom-based criteria-
If symptoms are present
with a confirmed or presumed positive- it is acceptable to leave isolation when
a) there have been no symptoms for 3
full days AND
b) it is at least 10 days since the initial symptoms OR
c) it is 14 days after a positive test
and symptoms have abated.
B) Time-based criteria-
(For use when there are few or no symptoms)
If confirmed positive test- it is acceptable
to leave isolation when
a) it is at least 10 days after the date of the positive test with no symptoms OR
it is at least 14 days after the date of the positive test with minimal symptoms.
Those with persistence of significant symptoms
(fever, respiratory problems, fatigue) must see a physician. Changes in taste and smell may linger for several weeks-months.
Sharon Lee, MD