If you are sick or think you might have COVID-19, follow these tips from the CDC to care for yourself and help protect other people in your home and community. Keep in mind that most 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 before vising a medical office. 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 room away from other people and pets. Use a separate bathroom, if available. Learn more about if you have pets.
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. See CDC guidelines.
Avoid sharing personal household items, such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding. Wash items thoroughly after using them with soap and water or put them in the dishwasher.
In your designated room and bathroom: On your own, clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily; wear disposable gloves. High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Learn more.
In the rest of the house: Have a healthy household member clean and disinfect all other surfaces daily.
If your symptoms are severe, call to get medical attention immediately.
Emergency warning signs include:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Inability to wake or stay awake
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.