COVID-19 self-care at home
Most people with mild symptoms of COVID-19 can recover at home.
You should seek emergency medical care immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Inability to wake or stay awake
Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds (depending on skin tone).
What to do if you have mild symptoms of COVID-19
If you have tested positive or think you might have symptoms of COVID-19, follow these general guidelines to care for yourself and to protect those around you.
Stay home except to get medical care.
Get plenty of rest.
Take over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
Keep track of your symptoms, especially if they are getting worse.
Stay in touch with your healthcare provider. Call ahead before you get medical care or consider a virtual visit with your provider.
Separate yourself from other people
Isolate yourself from others. If possible, stay in a specific room and use a separate bathroom.
Wear a mask over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people.
Stay at least six feet away from other people to limit potential transmission of the virus to others.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissue.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
Clean and disinfect all “high-touch” surfaces every day.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control website for current guidance on self-care or caring for others with COVID-19.
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