What Are Your Chances of Getting COVID-19?

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If you’re sick, you must stay home (except to get medical care) for 10 days since your symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours with no fever and improved symptoms, whichever is longer. Stay away from others and isolate in a separate room, if possible. Always wear a face covering when you need to be around others (even at home).

If a household member is sick, all members should also stay home and quarantine for 14 days. Consider having everyone in your home wear a face covering as soon as one household member becomes sick. Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19. Get tested 5-9 days after being in contact with the sick person.

Know How it Spreads
The virus that causes COVID-19 primarily spreads between people in close contact when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. You might also get the virus if you touch something with the virus on it, and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.

Identify Household Members Who Are at Higher Risk
People of all ages can get sick with COVID-19 and it's important for everyone to take preventative measures. However, older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness and need to take extra precautions. If your household includes one or more vulnerable individuals then all family members should act as if they, themselves, are at higher risk.

Take Everyday Preventative Actions

  • Wash your hands oftenwith soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Put 6ft of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household

  • Wear a face covering when in public and around others

  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces daily, like doorknobs, light switches, phones, and faucets

  • Monitor your health dailyand watch for symptoms of COVID-19

  • Avoid large gatherings and crowded spaces

  • If you’re sick, stay home except to get medical care.

  • Protect Children and Vulnerable Members

  • Choose one or two family members who are not at a higher risk to run the essential errands.

  • Teach children the same things everyone should do to stay healthy. Children and other people can spread the virus even if they don’t show symptoms.

  • Vulnerable members should avoid caring for children and people who are sick. If they must care for the children in their household, the children in their care should not have contact with individuals outside the household.


Separate a Household Member Who Is Sick

  • Keep people at higher risk separated from anyone who is sick.

  • Have only one person in the household take care of the person who is sick.

  • Provide a separate bedroom and bathroom for the person who is sick, if possible.

  • If you need to share a bedroom, separate the ill person’s bed.

  • If you need to share a bathroom, clean and disinfect the frequently touched surfaces in the bathroom after each use.

  • Maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other family or household members.

  • If you are sick, do not help prepare food. Also, eat separately from the family.

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