Self-Care With COVID-19

Could I have COVID-19?

Common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

Should I get tested for COVID-19?

If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms or have worsening symptoms, contact your healthcare provider by phone or MyChart to schedule a test.

Do I have to be tested for mild symptoms of COVID-19?

If you can breathe comfortably and have someone to help you access food and hydration, you can treat COVID-19 at home the same way you would treat any other respiratory infection with plenty of rest, hydration and nutrition. If you have a fever, headache or body aches that are making you miserable, try Tylenol first or take a decongestant if you are stuffed up. If your symptoms worse, contact your healthcare provider by phone or MyChart.

If I have symptoms and am considered high-risk, what should I do?

Everyone in a high-risk group who is experiencing symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately. This includes the elderly, people with underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma, pregnant women and people whose immune systems are compromised because of cancer treatment, organ transplant or other conditions. Alert your provider by either calling your clinic or sending a MyChart message. You can also do a video visit. Do not go to the clinic, urgent care or emergency department without calling first.

Can I be tested to be sure I don’t have COVID-19?

If you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and would like to be tested, we recommend that you visit the community testing site at Alliant Energy Center.

UW Health is currently unable to test any asymptomatic patients.

I am scheduled for surgery. Do I need to be tested for COVID-19?

All inpatients at UW Health facilities will require a COVID-19 test upon admission. Further testing of asymptomatic inpatients for COVID-19 is only required if new symptoms consistent with COVID-19 develop.

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?

If you suspect you have an infection, you need to isolate, even from the people you live with. Confine yourself to one or two rooms in your home. Keep your hands clean, dispose of used tissues and wipe surfaces with disinfectants frequently.  Remember that you could spread the infection to others who may not show symptoms, and they in turn pass it on to others.

What should I do if I’m really stressed out?

Many people are feeling significant isolation, anxiety and depression.  Depression can create other issues that make it difficult for people to function and take care of themselves. Isolation can be very hard on caregivers, too. If you are feeling you need help, reach out to your primary care physician or behavioral health specialist via phone, MyChart or Care Anywhere for a video visit. More mental health resources are also available from the UW Health Department of Psychiatry.