If you, or someone in your care, has COVID-19, it's important to know how to care of yourself and others while at home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Follow the steps below if you or someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19.
- Stay home.
Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas. Stay home, except to get medical care. Learn more about what to do if you have COVID-19.
- Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Take care of yourself.
Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
- Connect with your healthcare provider or a nurse consulting line if needed.
This is especially important if the sick person is at high risk for severe illness due to older age or underlying medical conditions. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
- What to do if you’ve tested positive for, or are showing symptoms of, COVID-19
Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in the Home
Anyone ill should:
- Stay home, except to get medical care. Learn more about what to do if you have COVID-19.
- Avoid close contact with others. Use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if available. If this is not an option, try to stay at least 6 feet apart from each other and stay masked while interacting. Consider setting up separate sleeping areas of a bedroom. Limit contact with pets.
- Isolation for 5 days. Stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home at the onset of symptoms or if you test positive for COVID-19.
- Quarantine paused. Effective March 12, 2022, quarantine has been paused for the general population, including K-12 and childcare settings. If you’ve been exposed to COVID, be alert for any symptoms and consider testing yourself in 5-7 days after exposure.