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What to Do if You Have Symptoms of COVID-19

NOTE: This COVID-19 post is over a year old and may contain outdated information. It has been left up for archival purposes only. For the most up-to-date information on masking, vaccines, and more, visit the CDC’s website.

So you have one or more of the following symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What should you do next? First, if you have any emergency warning signs (such as trouble breathing) you need to seek emergency medical care right away. If you’re not experiencing any of these warning signs, follow the steps below.

Stay Away from Other People
  • Stay home (except to get medical care).
  • Keep apart from others in your household as much as possible.
  • Use a separate room and bathroom, if possible.
  • Wear a face mask over your nose, mouth, and chin if you need to be around others, including those in your household. You do not need to wear one if you are in a room alone.
  • Ask friends or family to do grocery runs or other errands on your behalf.
  • Tell your close contacts that you have been feeling ill and that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Monitor Your Health
  • Keep an eye on your symptoms.
  • Follow all instructions given to you by your healthcare provider.
  • Call ahead before you visit your doctor, or meet via telehealth.
Keep it Clean
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then throw the used tissue away in a lined trash can. Then, wash your hands immediately.
  • Wash your hands well and often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces daily, especially in the room and bathroom you’re using.
  • Do not share personal items.
Get Tested
  • You can find testing opportunities in Jackson County here.

Source: CDC