Symptoms of the virus include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fever.

What to Do If You Get a Breakthrough Infection

Symptoms of the virus include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fever.

Fully vaccinated people can and do become infected.

Based on reports from 25 states, the rate of breakthrough infections is well below 1%. In close, indoor spaces, you are at much higher risk of contracting Covid-19.

Someone who’s vaccinated and tests positive for Covid-19 should follow strict isolation protocols. If the person is contagious they are able to infect others.

According to the CDC, if the person is symptomatic, they should isolate for at least 10 days counting from the first day they started having symptoms. They can end the isolation as long as they haven’t had a fever for more than 24 hours and other symptoms are improving.

If the person is not symptomatic but still had a positive test, they should stay isolated for 10 days following their positive test.

Isolation means they should not be going anywhere where they could infect others. They should also isolate from those living in the same house. That means, if possible, staying in a part of the house away from others, in their own room.

If one person in a household gets a breakthrough infection, everyone needs to get tested. Anyone who was within 6 feet of the infected person for a total of at least 15 minutes should quarantine. If unvaccinated, those exposed should quarantine for 10 days. They can shorten the quarantine to seven days if they have a negative test at least five days after exposure.

Those who are fully vaccinated and have been exposed to a close contact who has Covid-19 do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. They should get tested within three to five days after exposure, and wear a mask in public for extra protection.

Please exercise some common sense. If your spouse or child has Covid-19 and you’re waiting for your coronavirus test result, do not leave the house until you get a negative test result. If you were at an outdoor party standing next to someone who ended up testing positive, you should get tested.

Vaccination reduces the likelihood of becoming severely ill. People who have been vaccinated and still contract coronavirus are much more likely to have mild symptoms compared to if they were not vaccinated. An individual who might have been very ill with high fever, severe cough and trouble breathing, would now have body aches, fatigue, and the sniffles.

Be on the lookout for even one of the symptoms of Covid-19, such as fever, chills, cough, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea, and loss of taste or smell. If something doesn’t feel quite right to you, get tested.

The state has a “Find My Testing Place website with up-to-date information about testing locations in NC. The SlowCOVIDNC app can notify users of exposure to the virus.


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