If you are sick or not feeling well, follow the tips from the CDC below to help protect other people in your home and community. Keep in mind that many people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.
If You Are Mildly Ill, Stay Home and Call a Health Care Provider
Stay home and call your doctor for medical advice if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions should call a health care provider as soon as symptoms start.
Avoid public transportation, ridesharing and taxis.
Separate yourself from other people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific “sick room.” Use a separate bathroom, if available. Visitors, other than caregivers, are not recommended.
Limit contact with pets and animals.
To protect others, wear a cloth face covering if you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a health care provider’s office. If you are unable to wear a cloth face covering, caregivers entering your room should wear one.
Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people in your home. After use, wash items thoroughly with soap and water or put them in the dishwasher.
In the sick room and your designated bathroom: On your own, clean and disinfect all surfaces daily. Surfaces that are touched frequently and by multiple people (such as doorknobs, light switches, phones, remotes, sink faucets and toys) should be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.
In the rest of the house: Have a healthy household member clean and disinfect all other surfaces daily and high-touch surfaces frequently throughout the day.
If your symptoms are severe, call to get medical attention immediately.
Emergency warning signs include:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Confusion or inability to respond
Bluish lips or face
This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
How to Clean and Disinfect
Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
Prior to disinfecting, use detergent, or soap and water, to clean dirty surfaces.
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfectant products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19, based on data for harder-to-kill viruses.
Alternatives to EPA-registered disinfectants include:
Diluted household bleach: Mix 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. Make sure you have proper ventilation and that the bleach is not expired.
Alcohol solutions: Ensure your solution has at least 70% alcohol.
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