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What do I do if I’m sick?

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and show symptoms, contact your healthcare provider or 2-1-1 immediately.

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. 

If you are sick with a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher) or cough, have trouble breathing, or suspect you have COVID-19, here’s how to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

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Self-isolate at home

If you’re mildly ill with COVID-19, isolate at home during the illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.

Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

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Stay away from others

As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

Avoid all contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. 

Why? Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. 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. 

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Wear a facemask if you are sick

If you are sick, wear a facemask around other people. 

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth, which may contain the virus. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then cover your coughs and sneezes. People caring for you should wear a facemask around you. 

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Practice everyday habits to prevent spreading COVID-19

See the best ways to avoid exposing other people to COVID-19.

Notifying Close Contacts of Positive Exposure

 

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