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What to Do If You Are Sick


Take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
· For those caring for older adults and/or children here are there recommendations for staying healthy.

· CDC updated information on animals and COVID-19

Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing measures. Stay informed.

Create a household plan of action:

 • Consider members of the household that may be at greater risk such as older adults and people with severe chronic illnesses. Ask your neighbors what their plan includes.

Create a list of local organizations you and your household can contact in case you need access to information, healthcare services, support, and resources.

Create an emergency contact list including family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.

Choose a room in your house that can be used to separate sick household members from others, and take everyday preventive actions: Wash your hands frequently. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed or for potential changes at your workplace.

 • In case of an outbreak in your community, protect yourself and others: Stay home and speak to your healthcare provider if you develop fever, cough, or shortness of breath. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
In adults, emergency warning signs: Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.  Bluish lips or face *This list is not all inclusive.

Please consult your medical provider for any other symptom that is severe or concerning. Keep away from others who are sick. Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet). Put your household plan into action. Continue to practice everyday preventive actions. 

•  Follow recommended precautions and monitor your own health: Keep surfaces disinfected. Avoid sharing personal items. If you become sick, stay in contact with others by phone or email.

• Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home.