Don’t panic. Most people who have COVID-19 have mild illness and can be managed at home without needing to be in the hospital or receive additional care.
You will be asked to isolate yourself at home until 7 days after you first developed symptoms AND 72 hours (3 days) after your fever has ended and your symptoms have significantly improved (whichever period is longer). If you have trouble figuring out when to stop isolation, contact your local health department (732-615-2195) or your doctor.
If you are in home isolation and your symptoms are worsening, contact your doctor and seek advice. If you are under home isolation, experience a medical emergency and need to call an ambulance, dial 9-1-1 and alert dispatch that you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently isolating at home.
If you live with other people and they were not tested, they should keep their distance from you. You should isolate yourself in a separate room with the door closed and use a separate bathroom as much as possible. This includes eating meals together in your room and not sitting around the house together. Practice social distancing as much as is possible (stay at least 6 feet from each other).
What should I do about the other people in my home?
They should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms.
- If they become sick, they should also self-isolate until 3 full days (or 72 hours) have passed since they had a fever AND other symptoms are greatly improved AND at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first started. If the symptoms are mild, they should recover at home. Testing may not be recommended.
- If the symptoms worsen and a medical evaluation is needed, contact your doctor.
- If they are not sick (have no COVID-19 symptoms), they should self-quarantine for 14 days AFTER any sick person in the household’s self-isolation period ends. If the asymptomatic person develops symptoms, they should follow the self-isolation instructions above.
What if I’m a close contact to someone with COVID-19 but I’m not sick?
You should stay in self-quarantine at home and monitor your health for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms for 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19. You should not go to work and should avoid public places during this time period. If the person with COVID-19 lives in your home, do your best to separate yourself from them until they are taken off their home isolation instructions.