How to manage at home

Follow these tips

Stay home from work, school, and away from other public places. If you must go out, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.

Monitor your symptoms carefully. If your symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider immediately.

Get rest and stay hydrated.

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.

Cover your cough and sneezes.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home.Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people in or outside of the home, wear a facemask.

Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household, like dishes, towels, and bedding.

Clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters,tabletops, and doorknobs.Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.

Experts

Our expert team

Jonas tor

Senior virus expert

Lynn West

Senior virus expert

Brooke Little

Senior virus expert

Steve Wheeler

Senior virus expert

Essential

Prevention

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.

Avoid touching face

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Seek medical care

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Stay informed

National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area.