Instructions for COVID-19
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What do I do if I tested positive for COVID-19?
If you test positive for Coronavirus you will need to quarantine for 14 days and decrease direct contact with friends or family. You may experience some flu-like symptoms; fever, new and persistent cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include but are not limited to headaches, loss of taste, and loss of smell. Symptoms of Coronavirus manifest differently in each host. If you have trouble breathing, you must visit the ER immediately.
Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on your test result(s) along with your medical history, and your symptoms.
What are the symptoms associated with covid-19?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms.
CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
How Can I protect myself and others?
Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
- Masks help prevent you from getting or spreading the virus.
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
Stay 6 feet away from others
Inside your home:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
Outside your home:
Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters put you at higher risk for COVID-19.
Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
Avoid indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors as much as possible. If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
Hands should be washed
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
Washing is Extremely Important:
- Before you eat or prepare food,
- Always wash your hands before touching your face.
- Wash your hands after the loo,
- When exiting a public location
- After sneezing, coughing, or gusting your nose
- After using your mask
- After a diaper change
- After caring for a sick person
- After handling animals or pets, wash your hands.
- If you don’t have access to soap or water, use a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol. Spray it on your hands and rub them together until they are completely dry.
- Avoid contacting your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands that haven’t been washed.
Cover your Mouth while Coughing and sneezing
- Always use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, or use the inside of your elbow instead of spitting.
- Dispose of used tissues in the garbage.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water right away. If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean your hands
Sterilize and Clean
- Daily, clean and sterilize frequently touched surfaces. Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks all fall under this category.
- Clean surfaces that are unclean.
- Clean with detergent or soap and water before disinfecting with a home disinfectant.
- Follow the manufacturer’s indicated guidelines for using goods from the EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19) external icon.
Monitor Your Health Daily
- Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Especially important if you are running essential errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.
- Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
- Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.