What else should I do?

Stay home, except to get medical care.

  • If you have a medical appointment, call ahead and let them know you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms, so the office can tell you what to do. 
    • Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
    • Avoid using public transportation, ride shares, or taxis. 

Monitor your symptoms.

  • People with mild illness may be able to isolate and recover at home without seeing a medical provider. If your symptoms worsen (e.g., difficulty breathing) or if you are in a higher risk group because you are older than 60 or have a chronic illness, call a health care provider or nurse line to find out what to do. Some telehealth and nurse line options are available here: covid19.colorado.gov/telehealth-and-nurselines.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. 

  • As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from others in your home. 
  • Use a separate bathroom if available. 
  • Have another member of your household care for your pets. If you must care for your pet, wash your hands before and after contact with them. 

Wear a face covering when you are around other people or pets, and before you enter a health care provider’s office.

  • If you are medically unable to tolerate a face covering, then people who live with you should not be in the same room with you, or they should wear a face covering if they enter your room.

Practice actions that protect others.

  • Clean your hands often 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. When using hand sanitizer, cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Soap and water is preferred if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue away. If a tissue is not available, use your inner elbow or sleeve.
    •  Immediately clean your hands (see above).
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
    • Don’t 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 surfaces every day 
    • Clean “high-touch” surfaces like 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 regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Follow the label directions for correct and safe use.

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatcher you are isolating for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

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