What to Do if You Are Sick

Steps for Prevention if You are Sick or Experience Symptoms

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:

  1. If you have recently traveled within the last two weeks.
  2. 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 And 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.