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Posted on March 31, 2020 at 8:30 AM by Sarah Wilkinson
Someone in my house is sick with flu-like illness. They may have COVID-19. How can I protect the rest of my household from also getting COVID-19?
Current CDC guidance for persons that have COVID-19 like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) includes a recommendation to stay at home and self-monitor for symptoms. Most people who get sick will have mild illness and should recover at home.* Care at home can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community and help protect people who are at risk for getting seriously ill.
COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and, to a lesser extent, from contaminated surfaces. If you are caring for someone at home, monitor for emergency signs, prevent the spread of germs, treat symptoms, and carefully consider when to end home isolation.
Monitor the person for worsening symptoms. Know the emergency warning signs.