Self-isolation is for individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus). Most people with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and do not need medical care. There is currently no treatment for this illness.
For everyone’s safety, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath), call your healthcare provider or send a MyChart message FIRST. You may also consider a video visit using Care Anywhere. If you are experiencing severe respiratory symptoms, call 911. If you are NOT experiencing a medical emergency, do NOT go to a hospital Emergency Department solely to ask for a COVID-19 test.
Because COVID-19 is highly contagious, you must self-isolate at home. Isolation is the separation of a person who has an illness from others in order to prevent spread of the disease.
What does self-isolation mean?
- Stay home. This means do not go to work, school, or public areas. If you need medical care, it is important you follow the instructions above. While at home separate yourself from other people in your home. As much as possible, you should stay in one specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
- COVID-19 is spread by droplet (being within about 6 feet of someone who is coughing or sneezing).
- COVID-19 can also be spread if someone touches items contaminated with the virus and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth. Examples of items that may be contaminated in the home include:
- Surfaces that have been sneezed on.
- Surfaces that the ill person touched after blowing their nose or sneezing or coughing into their hands.
- Used tissues used to blow the nose
- Avoid sharing personal household items. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water. Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze then discard into a lined waste container.
- Postpone all non-essential medical appointments until you are out of isolation. If you have an essential appointment during the isolation period, please tell your health provider so they can help coordinate the visit.
Isolation may be discontinued when:
- You are free of fever, productive cough and other acute symptoms of respiratory infection for 72 hours. AND
- 7 days has elapsed from the day the you first experienced symptoms