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How Long Can You Test Positive for COVID After Getting Infected? Chicago's Top Doctor Weighs In

Anyone who contracts COVID-19 is advised to isolate for at least five days, but it doesn't mean they're in the clear after that. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends isolation for the first five days after symptom onset, which is when you're likely to be the most infectious. As a precaution, those who test positive are encouraged to wear a well-fitting mask through day 10, even though the risk has decreased.

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