Steps to Take if you Think you are Sick
Most people are able to recover at home, but if you think you are sick with COVID-19, keep track of your symptoms and follow the steps below to take care of yourself and to help protect other people in your home and in the community.
Stay away from others: You should stay in a specific “sick room” if possible, and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom if available.
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Stay Home Except to get Medical Care
Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home except to get medical care, if necessary. Do not visit public areas.
Stay in touch with your doctor. Call ahead before you get routine medical care, but be sure to get immediate care if you have trouble breathing or if you think it is an emergency.
Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Call ahead: Doctor visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or video conference.
*If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
Covering your Mouth and Nose
Cover: You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public.
Protect: You should wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people, even at home.
Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical grade facemasks are reserved for healthcare workers and some first responders. You may need to improvise a cloth face covering by using a scarf or bandana.