If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

  • Self-quarantine – Self-quarantining means voluntarily separating yourself from others as much as possible by staying home. It also includes self-monitoring of your symptoms, including regular temperature checks and watching for signs of a respiratory illness, such as shortness of breath, cough and fever.
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home – Put yourself in isolation and avoid sharing personal household items like dishes, linens and towels. Use a separate bathroom if possible and limit contact with pets.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor – If your symptoms worsen, seek medical attention, but call first. Wear a facemask if possible and follow care instructions from your doctor. If you need emergency help, call 911.
  • Practice healthy hygiene – Wear a facemask when others are around. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Wash your hands properly, and often.
  • Clean all high-touch surfaces every day – Routinely clean and disinfect your bedroom and bathroom and high-touch surfaces like phones, remotes, counter and table tops, and doorknobs.

For additional information, visit the CDC website

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