Premier Medical Group - Multispeciality Practice in Clarksville, Tennessee

21 Mar

What To Do If You Are Sick With COVID-19

March 21, 2020

If you are sick with COVID-19, it is important that you protect others from infection and take care of yourself.

  • Stay home. Do not go to work, school or out in public.

  • Other household members should maintain a 14-day isolation.

  • Isolate yourself to one room if possible, and keep the door shut. Use a dedicated bathroom if available. Have meals brought to your room.

  • Continue to wash hands frequently and cover coughs and sneezes.

  • Clean and disinfect areas that are touched frequently. Use disinfectant wipes or sprays, a solution of 4 teaspoons bleach to 1 quart of water, a 70% alcohol solution, or even just soap and water.

  • Rest, and drink lots of fluid.

  • You may feel better if you use a humidifier.

  • Wash laundry on the hottest temperature setting possible. Do not shake out dirty clothes. Clean and disinfect the laundry basket. It is OK to wash clothing with other people’s items.

  • Wash dishes in hot, soapy water or in a dishwasher.

  • If possible, use a dedicated lined trash can.

  • When possible, household members should use disposable gloves for cleaning, laundry or emptying trash.

  • Use Tylenol (Acetaminophen) as needed for fever.

  • Wear a mask, if available, when around other people.

  • As not much is known about this infection in animals, limit your exposure to pets.

  • If you need to seek medical care, please call ahead.

  • Seek immediate care if you are worsening or having difficulty breathing.

  • Stay home for at least 7 days AND you no longer are having symptoms AND you have not had fever (without meds) for at least 3 days.

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