COVID-19: What to Do If You Feel Sick


  1. Stay home and call your doctor if needed.

Most people with COVID-19 will recover without needing medical care.

Fever, cough, without shortness of breath or difficulty breathing? CDC says: STAY AT HOME

Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick and should call their doctor if they have fever or cough:

Age 65 and older

            Live in a nursing home or long-term care facility

            Have a high risk condition:

                        Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma

                        Heart disease with complications

                        Compromised immune system (on chronic steroids, HIV, diabetes mellitus, etc.)

                        Severe obesity- body mass index of 40 or greater

                        Other underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as diabetes,

                                    renal failure or liver disease (cirrhosis, Hepatitis B, C, etc.)


Pregnancy?  So far no data to show an increased risk for severe illness.

Call your doctor or 911 right away if you have:

Shortness of breath                      Difficulty Breathing

Chest pain or pressure                 Confusion

Blue lips

Most people do not need a test. Your doctor or health department can help you decide if you need a test. For people with mild symptoms, getting a test will not change the treatment (stay at home until 72 hours after you are better and don’t infect anyone else). Testing is most important for people who are seriously ill, high risk, healthcare provider, first responders caring for those with known COVID-19.


  1. Isolate yourself.

When can I go back to normal activities?

When the answer to all 3 of these is YES:

Has been at least 7 days since you first had symptoms

Have been without a fever for 3 days (72 hours)

Are other symptoms improved?

What if I’m not sure if I have COVID-19?

If you have fever and cough or other symptoms of respiratory illness, even if it’s not COVID-19, you should isolate yourself as if it is COVID-19.  This will reduce the risk of making the people around you sick.

What should my family members do?

Anyone in your household who have had close contact with you should stay at home for 14 days. Close contact means within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes.

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