COVID-19 What to do if You're Sick


If you think you have COVID-19, please contact your medical provider for assessment.

If you HAVE, are BEING EVALUATED FOR, or have SYMPTOMS CONSISTENT with COVID-19, you should:

  • Stay at home except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation or taxis.
  • Call your medical provider before you visit. Inform the office that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
  • Separate yourself from others in your home.
  • Wear a face cover if possible when in the same room with other people and when you go to the medical provider.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid sharing household items like cups/straws, dishes, eating utensils, and bedding.
  • Monitor your symptoms and seek medical care if your illness is worsening.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, even with mild or no symptoms, you should remain in isolation and stay away from others until:

  • You have had no fever for a least 72 hours (3 days) without the use of medications to reduce a fever AND
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms began.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, including early or mild symptoms, and are not tested or tested negative, you should be in isolation and stay away from others until:

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved).

If you LIVE with someone who has COVID-19, you should: 

  • Stay at home for 14 days after separating yourself from the ill person, except to get essential medical care, prescriptions and food. Do not go to work, school or any public areas (e.g., shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums).
  • Have only people in the home who are essential to providing care for the person – other household members should stay in another home or place of residence. If this is not possible, they should stay in another room and be separated from the person as much as possible.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables with a diluted bleach solution or a household disinfectant that says “EPA-approved.”
  • Avoid sharing household items like dishes, cups, eating utensils, and bedding.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze.
  • Wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Watch yourself and other household members for these signs and symptoms. Call your doctor if you develop symptoms:
    • Fever. Take your temperature twice per day.
    • Coughing.
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
    • Other symptoms: chills, body aches, sore throat, loss of taste or sense of smell, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and running nose.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately.

Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty getting enough air

  • Chest pain

  • Change in alertness or responsiveness

  • Bluish lips or face

  • Rapid breathing

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Guidance for PUI and Household Contacts (PDF) - if you have or suspect you have COVID-19 and for anyone who lives with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19
Guidance on Ending Isolation (PDF) - if you've been isolating, when you can return to normal activities
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