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Self-Care for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Taking Care of Yourself When You Have COVID-19

If you are diagnosed with coronavirus or think you might have it, here’s how to care for yourself and family members.

Stay Home Until

  • Stay insideYou have not had a fever for at least 24 hours (that’s one full day of no fever without taking any fever reducing medicine)
  • Other symptoms, such as cough or shortness of breath, have improved
  • The CDC advises that those with COVID-19 should isolate for five days, although some experts recommend 10 days for maximum precaution. You should only stop isolating after five days if you haven’t had a fever for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medications and your symptoms are improving or absent. Note that you should also wear a well-fitting mask through day 10 when around others.


While at Home

  • Monitor your symptoms and stay in touch with your doctor if you feel worse.
  • Call before you go to any health care setting.


Stay Away from Others

  • At home, stay away from family members and pets.
  • Wear a facemask if you have to be around others to protect them from your cough and sneeze droplets.
  • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses or cups, eating utensils, towels or other bedding with people in your home. Wash these items thoroughly after each use.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces including sinks, microwave, refrigerator, toilets, shower, bath, etc., after you use them.
  • Wear a facemask and gloves if you need to be around family members and pets.


Take Care of Yourself

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink lots of fluids.
  • Keep warm.
  • Use a humidifier or take a hot shower for sore throat and cough.
  • Take acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen to reduce fever and relieve aches and pains.
  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after you blow your nose, cough, sneeze, use the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.


This information has been reviewed and approved by Lisa Maier, MD; Jared Eddy, MD; and Rosine Angbanzan, MPH (February 2022)

The information on our website is medically reviewed and accurate at the time of publication. Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, information may have since changed. and your state’s health department may offer additional guidance.


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