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How many days after testing positive to get a “recovered” certificate?

I haven’t seen this discussed.

I just scored 2 business class tix to Italy with our Alaska Airlines miles. The date ( only one in a 2-week window with biz seats available) is exactly 2 weeks after a family event (small wedding) we cannot miss. I’ve a few days after getting home.We will be very careful, but there is still a risk of infection during the flight to Denver, hotel, talking to people, etc. So if, in the worst case, we tested positive a few days after getting home, how long do we have to wait to qualify as “recovered”? I know one can test positive with PCR tests for a long time afterwards, like weeks or longer. But isn’t there a certain number is days when you aren’t considered infectious any more? My cousin says it is 10 days from the first positive covid test. If so, do we just get a doctor certificate to prove that? She also suggested we just use antigen tests after a week or so and they are less sensitive so we would test negative sooner than with a PCR test.

I can’t find a good source of information on this, can anyone help? It is Italy’s rules we need to comply with, and all I can find is ItLian. And I know it could change by May, but I would like to know what it is now. ThNks.

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Here is the link to the CDC website which gives you a starting point for your outbound travel. I've looked at it so much it automatically pops up when I start to search, lol.

"Calculating Isolation
Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.
....(snipped some text).....
"Take precautions until Day 10
Do not travel
Do not travel until a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date your positive test was taken if you had no symptoms.

TBH, I'd wear an N95 to the wedding but I am possibly over-cautious when I am going to travel. I picked up a heckuva cold at Christmas from a 3-year-old (tested twice and was negative) and I would not want to have traveled with that, lol!! (I am masking around him although he does not like it. I apparently have no immunity to pre-school disease any more!!)

I'm sure someone will come up with the actual rules for enter Italy as well.