Prevention, Symptoms & Emergencies

How Do I Keep It From Spreading?

Isolate if you, or someone in your home, is sick or have any of the symptoms listed here. Keep those infected away from those who are not. Contact your healthcare provider and inform them of any symptoms. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency.

While in isolation:
– Keep your healthcare provider’s contact information handy.
– Treat symptoms with over-the-counter medicines recommended by your healthcare provider.
– Ensure sick person drinks plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and rests at home.
– Monitor for worsening symptoms.
– Symptoms typically last a few days and resolve after a week.

Limit contact with someone infected. Whenever possible:
– Give sick person a separate room and bathroom.
– Avoid sharing household items.
– Sick person should wear a face mask when around others (in the home, a vehicle, doctor’s office, etc.).
– If sick person can’t wear a face mask, others should wear one while in the same room as someone infected.
– Everyone should wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after interacting with someone infected.
– If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer containing either 70% isopropyl alcohol or 60% ethanol alcohol. Spread sanitizer all over your hands and rub together until they feel dry.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
– Disinfect all high touch surfaces daily.
– Use household cleaners safely by following label instructions.
– Wash laundry thoroughly.
– Use disposable gloves if laundering soiled items. Keep items away from your body. When done, remove gloves and wash hands immediately.

For additional questions, contact your healthcare provider or state or local health department.

Sources: CDCCDC ; CDC ; NCBI ; Johns Hopkins ; NYT

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