​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: 

  • Trouble breathing 

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest 

  • New confusion 

  • 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. 

  • Stay hydrated. 

  • 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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