Practice social distancing. Stay home except to get medical care. Avoid public areas and public transportation. Make sure to follow the official guidance of your city or state. This includes adhering to potential “stay-at-home” or “shelter-in-place” orders.
Wear a face mask if you are sick. If you are unable to wear a face mask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then others who live with you should not stay in the same room or they should wear a face mask.
Check your symptoms if anything changes.
Call ahead before visiting your doctor. This will help them take the necessary steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
Call 911 if you think you are having a medical emergency. Notify the dispatch personnel that you may have been exposed to COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before emergency medical services arrive.
How to take care of yourself and others at home
In your home, separate yourself from other people and animals. Use a separate room and bathroom if you can. Have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you must care for your pet or be around animals, wash your hands before and after you interact with them and wear a face mask.
Cover your coughs and sneezes. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Wash your hands immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Clean your hands often by washing 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. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid sharing personal household items. Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets. Wash these items thoroughly after use.
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces daily. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Be sure to clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or bodily fluids on them. Household cleaners are good for this.