Protecting your family and others during the COVID-19 outbreak:
- Stay home.People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
- Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or if you think it is an emergency.
- Use telemedicine if available.
- Avoid public transportation. Avoid using trains, buses, ride-sharing or taxis.
Separate yourself from other people in your home; this is known as home isolation.
- Stay away from others.As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Limit contact with pets and animals:You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people with the virus limit contact with animals until more information is known.
Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
- If you have a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office or emergency department, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
- Follow care instructions from your health care provider and local health department. Your local health authorities will give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.
Wear a face mask if you are sick or out in public.
- If you are sick or out in public:You should wear a face mask when around other people and while visiting a health care provider’s office.
- If you are caring for others:If the person who is sick is not able to wear a face mask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live in the home should stay in a different room. When caregivers enter the room of the sick person, they should wear a cloth face mask. Visitors, other than caregivers, are not recommended.
Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Cover:Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Dispose:Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
- Wash hands:Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Trouble breathing.
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
- New confusion or inability to arouse.
- Bluish lips or face.
*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before medical help arrives.