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What to do if you are sick with COVID-19

Stay home except to get medical care: You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home: People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. Animals: Do not handle pets or other animals while sick.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor: If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep others from getting infected or exposed.

Cover your coughs and sneezes: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can; immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

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. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean your hands often: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day: High touch surfaces include counter, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions that should be taken.

Monitor your symptoms: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening such as difficult breathing. Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting area from getting infected or exposed. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19.

Discontinue home isolation: Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.

Like us on Facebook at Monroe County Health Department Ohio or visit our website at https:// www.monroecountyohio.com/departments/health_department. You can also visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for more information or call ODH’s call center at 1-833-4-ASK ODH (1-833-427-5634) if you have questions.

Developed March 16, 2020 with information from CDC publications.