So You Have (or Suspect You Have) COVID-19


So you have or suspect you have COVID-19.  One of the main goals of patients with COVID-19 should be preventing the spread of COVID-19 to others.  For this reason, people with COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 should follow guidelines to prevent infecting others.  The guidelines below apply to people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 as well as to those who are being discharged from the hospital after COVID-19.  This document is modified from the CDC Guide to Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities.

Apple has a website and an app that are CDC approved to help you determine what steps to take next.  You can use your browser to access:  This works for both Apple and other users.  There is also an app in the Apple app store for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod).  Search the iOS app store for "Apple COVID-19" to locate the app.

For additional information and questions and answers about COVID-19 in PEOPLE and ANIMALS, please see here.
  • Stay home except to get medical care. This means not going to work, taking public transport, or going to any other public areas such as the store, mall or library.
  • Stay away from other people and animals in your home.  If possible, stay in one room and away from others.  If you have more than one bathroom, use a separate bathroom than others.  If not, make sure to clean surfaces after every use of the bathroom.
  • Wear a facemask when you are around other people and pets (such is in the same room, riding in the same car, etc.).  If you can’t wear a mask, have others in the house wear them instead. For information on facemask use, see here.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.  If you need to see your health care provider, call ahead so that steps can be taken to keep others safe from infection.
  • If you have animals/pets, stay away from them the same way you would stay away from an infected person.  Avoid getting licked, sharing food, petting or snuggling with your pet.  Have someone else feed and care for your pet if possible. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.
  • 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, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.  Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • 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 all “high-touch” surfaces every day.  High touch surfaces include counters, 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 you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
  • Monitor your symptoms. Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed. Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate. When working with your local health department check their available hours.
  • If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.
  • Discontinuing home isolation. 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. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low.

Modified from the CDC Interim Guide to Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities.



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