10 Things to Do When You Have COVID-19

  • Talk to your doctor about treatment. They might have you take medicine to help prevent serious illness.

  • Stay home. Don't go to school, work, or public areas. And don't use public transportation, ride-shares, or taxis unless you have no choice. Leave your home only if you need to get medical care. But call the doctor's office first so they know you're coming. And wear a mask.

  • Ask before leaving isolation. Follow your doctor's advice about when it is safe for you to leave isolation.

  • Wear a mask when you are around other people. It can help stop the spread of the virus.

  • Limit contact with people in your home. If possible, stay in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue in the trash right away.

  • Wash your hands often, especially after you cough or sneeze. Use soap and water, and scrub for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Don't share personal household items. These include bedding, towels, cups and glasses, and eating utensils.

  • Clean and disinfect your home every day. Use household cleaners or disinfectant wipes or sprays.

  • If needed, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to relieve fever and body aches. Read and follow all instructions on the label.