The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you think that you are sick with COVID-19, it’s important that you take measures to prevent the disease from spreading to others.

Stay home except to get medical care. Avoid public areas, including work, school, public transportation and other public places.

Take care of yourself and monitor your symptoms. Most people have mild symptoms and can recover at home. Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Separate yourself from other people as much as possible. Stay in a specific room as much as possible.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor or seeking medical attention. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you have or may have COVID-19.

Visit the CDC website for additional steps to take if you become sick

Learn how to manage your COVID-19 symptoms at home.

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