About Frequently Asked Questions
What should you do if you think you have cold-like symptoms?
If you develop cold-like symptoms, you should:
- Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen or you develop shortness of breath.
- Stay home, rest, and avoid exposing others until you feel better.
- Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school or public areas
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor or access virtual care options
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue away.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
- Monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention if your illness is worsening
If I’m not sick, should I wear a facemask to protect myself against the spread of COVID-19?
No. The CDC does not recommend that healthy people wear facemasks to protect against viruses like COVID-19. To protect from the risk of infection, a facemask should be worn by:
- People who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms.
- Healthcare workers who use facemasks to care for patients and those infected with COVID-19.
- Patients who have been advised to do so by their healthcare provider.
What can I do to protect myself and others? What about travel?
Everyone, of all ages, is encouraged to take precautions to avoid being exposed to COVID-19. Stay away from crowds and others who are sick, wash your hands often with soap and water for about 20 seconds, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. It’s also a good idea to clean and disinfect surfaces you touch and avoid any unnecessary travel. Click here for the most up-to-date travel information from the CDC.
What should I do if I have traveled recently?
Be sure to call your doctor if you have traveled to a country with widespread COVID-19 in recent weeks and have any symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath. Call ahead and let a healthcare provider know your symptoms and travel history before you visit a doctor’s office or emergency room. By doing so, you can help to keep more people safe from any potential spread of the virus.