What to Do If You Are Sick
If you are sick with "flu-like" symptoms (fever, cough, etc); when you call your doctor or visit a clinic, let them know:
- If you have recently traveled within the last two weeks.
- If you know you have been exposed to someone confirmed with COVID-19 and have questions about next steps, please call the Board of Health or your Primary Care Provider.
Please follow these steps for prevention if you are sick or experience symptoms:
- Stay home except to get medical care: You should restrict activities outside your home, and avoid using transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people and animals in your home.
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor: If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19.
- Wear a facemask if your are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider's office.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean your hands often: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid sharing personal household items: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
- Clean all "high-touch" surfaces everyday: Practice routine cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces.
- Monitor your symptoms: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
Prevention Guidelines Provided by the CDC
What You Can Do to Limit the Spread of Germs & Prevent Infection
- Take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.