5. Use Over-the-Counter Medications If Necessary

Not Taking Your Medications

Acetaminophen can help bring your fever down and manage any aches and pains. Electrolyte drinks can also keep your fluids in balance. 

4. Stay Away from Others

Keep Your Distance

Stay in another room or area from others and use a separate bathroom. Try as much as you can to maintain your distance from other people. If you must come into contact with others, wear a face mask. 

3. If Possible, Do Not Use Public Transportation


If you have COVID symptoms, it’s vital to keep yourself away from other people, especially large groups. Avoid using the subway, taxis, buses, airplanes, or other forms of public transportation. 

2. If Possible, Avoid Public Settings

Public Places

Just like public transportation, you should avoid areas with a large number of people. If you need supplies, have them delivered or ask a friend or household member to get them. If you do have to leave home, wear a mask, especially in hospitals and healthcare settings, work areas, supermarkets, and pharmacies. 

1. Consult with Your Doctor First

Doctor Appointments

If you think you have COVID-19, and your symptoms aren’t severe, call ahead to your doctor first instead of going to a clinic or hospital. Your doctor may refer you to get testing or ask that you come in for an exam. If you have life-threatening symptoms, call emergency, and inform them that you have severe COVID symptoms. 

Being vigilant for COVID-19 symptoms can keep you and others safe. Knowing the timeline of when symptoms appear can help determine whether you have COVID or not. Most importantly, remember that not all cases of COVID-19 have symptoms. Many infected people may not have any symptoms at all. Wearing a mask when in public and washing hands frequently, even if you don’t have symptoms, can help keep COVID-19 in check.

Related: 8 Deadly COVID-19 Symptoms 


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