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I Just Had Covid. When Can I Resume My Life?

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In this week's edition of the Covid Q&A, we look at when you can get back to life after having the virus. In hopes of making this very confusing time just a little less so, each week Bloomberg Prognosis picks one reader question and puts it to experts in the field. This week’s question comes to us from Emma in Brooklyn, New York. She asks:

I just had Covid. When is it safe to have a friend stay over, or have the housecleaner come or go out to the dry cleaner?

This is one of those questions that seems like it should have a straightforward answer, and yet, as both science and our attitudes toward the pandemic have shifted, the answer has changed, too. 

“For most people, it will take about 10 days,” says Jessica Justman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University’s medical school. 

Justman says that on the first five days of your illness, it‘s important to fully isolate.