Quick Tips: 10 Things to Do if You Have COVID-19
- Talk to your doctor right away about treatment.
Your doctor may have you take medicine to help prevent serious illness.
- Stay home.
Don't go to school, work, or public areas. And don't use public transportation, ride-shares, or taxis unless you have no choice. Leave your home only if you need to get medical care. But call the doctor's office first so they know you're coming. And wear a mask.
- Ask before leaving isolation.
Follow your doctor's advice about when it will be safe for you to leave isolation. If you have questions, go to the CDC website at cdc.gov to check the Quarantine and Isolation Calculator.
- Wear a well-fitting mask when you are around other people.
It can help stop the spread of the virus.
- Limit contact with people in your home.
If possible, stay in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Then throw the tissue in the trash right away.
- Wash your hands often, especially after you cough or sneeze.
Use soap and water, and scrub for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Don't share personal household items.
These include bedding, towels, cups and glasses, and eating utensils.
- Clean and disinfect your home every day.
Use household cleaners or disinfectant wipes or sprays.
- If needed, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to relieve fever and body aches.
Read and follow all instructions on the label.
Current as of: May 28, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine