What should I do if…?
I think I’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
What counts as “close contact?”
- You spent a prolonged amount of time in the same room.
- You had direct physical contact with the person.
- You shared eating or drinking utensils.
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory secretions on you.
What doesn’t count as “close contact?”
- Walking by someone.
- Briefly sitting across a waiting room or office.
How do I…?
Practice Social Distancing
Stay home. If you can, do your work from home. Postpone or cancel in-person meetings.
Give yourself a buffer zone. Try not to get physically close to people when you’re outside your home. As a general rule, try to be six feet away from the closest person.
Cover your face in public. The virus is spread primarily from person to person through respiratory droplets, and people are most contagious before they start experiencing symptoms. Your face covering protects other people; their face coverings protect you.
Rethink your greeting. Don’t hug or shake hands.
Avoid groups of people. More people = more chances to come in direct (or indirect) contact with the virus.
Who should practice social distancing?
Check your temperature. Take your temperature when you get up in the morning, and right before you go to bed, and write it down in a log.
Don’t take your temperature…
- Within 30 minutes of eating, drinking, or exercising.
- Within 6 hours of taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin.
Be alert for symptoms of COVID-19. Call your healthcare provider if you have a fever (temperature of 100.4°F or 38°C), a dry cough, or trouble breathing.
Let them know you’re coming. Before you go to the emergency room, urgent care clinic, or your healthcare provider’s office, call and describe your symptoms. They will tell you if you need to come in. Remember, if there’s a possibility that you have COVID-19, your provider has to make preparations to protect staff and other patients.
- You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or is being tested, for COVID-19.
- You have been in close contact with someone who might have been exposed, and is currently in self-quarantine.
Stay home. Do not leave your room, apartment, or house for 14 days since the time of your exposure.
Avoid contact with other people. Don’t spend time in common areas. Use a separate bathroom if you can.
Sharing is NOT caring. Don’t share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels, or any other items until your quarantine is over.
Don’t be gross. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer after coughing and sneezing. Never cough or sneeze in the direction of someone else. Throw your dirty tissues in the garbage.
- You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- You have been in close contact with someone who is being tested. If the person tests positive, continue self-quarantining for the full 14 days. If the person tests negative, you may stop self-quarantining.
Practice Great Hygiene
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Don’t touch your face. This is a lot harder than it sounds and requires conscious effort. The average person touches their face 23 times an hour, and about half of the time, they’re touching their mouth, eyes, or nose — the mucosal surfaces that COVID-19 infects.
Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow or upper arm.
Wipe down frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant.