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Caring for yourself at home with COVID-19

Wellness | March 17, 2020
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If you have possible or confirmed COVID-19, here's what you can do to manage your health at home.

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for the new coronavirus, COVID-19.  People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.  If you have possible or confirmed COVID-19, here are 14 ways to manage your health at home and help prevent others from getting sick.

  1. Stay home from work, school and away from other public places. If you must go out, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing or taxis.
  2. Monitor your symptoms carefully. If your symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider immediately.
  3. Get rest and stay hydrated.
  4. If you have a medical appointment, call your healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19.
  5. For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you have or may have COVID-19.
  6. Cover your cough and sneezes.
  7. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  8. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people in or outside of the home, wear a facemask.
  9. Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household, like dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels and bedding. Wash laundry thoroughly and routinely.
  10. Make sure that shared spaces in the home have good airflow, such as by an air conditioner or an opened window, weather permitting.
  11. Clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.
  12. Do not allow visitors who do not have an essential need to be in the home.
  13. Household members should care for any pets in the home. Do not handle pets or other animals while sick.
  14. Place all used disposable gloves, facemasks, and other potentially contaminated items in a lined container before disposing of them with other household waste. Clean your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) immediately after handling these items. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.

For any additional questions about your care, contact your healthcare provider or state or local health department.

Source: CDC


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