If you have any of these emergency warning signs for COVID-19, call 911 immediately:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before medical help arrives.

If you’re mildly sick, especially with a fever or cough, and think you might have COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, most people who get COVID-19 will be able to recover at home.

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Use a separate room and bathroom for sick household members (if possible).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Provide your sick household member with face masks to wear at home, if available, to help prevent spreading COVID-19 to others.
  • Clean the sick room and bathroom, as needed, to avoid unnecessary contact with the sick person.
  • Avoid sharing personal items like utensils, food, and drinks.

This is not an exhaustive list. If you’re sick, self-isolation is key, even from your own household members so that they don’t contract it too.