COVID-19 aka Coronavirus Self-Quarantine Guidelines from CDC

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Stay home except to get medical care

People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
• You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
• Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
• Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home

People:
• As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people
in your home.
• You should use a separate bathroom, if available.
Animals:
• You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with
COVID-19, just like you would around other people.
• Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with
COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with
animals until more information is known about the virus.
• When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.
• If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your
hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

Wear a facemask

• You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
• If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble
breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with
you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your
hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean your hands often

• Wash your hands often 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.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
• Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your
eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid sharing personal household items
• You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or
bedding with other people or pets in your home.
• After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

• High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures,
toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
• Clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a
household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions.
• Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product
including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing
gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

Monitor your symptoms

• Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
• Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
• Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
• Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department.
• Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
• When working with your local health department check their available hours.
If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

Discontinuing home isolation

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.

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