Symptoms and Care

Due to the increase in respiratory illness and the rise of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), UW Health is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath

UW Health advises:

  • Stay home when you are sick and limit contact with others. People who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home. Stay at home until you are instructed to leave to reduce the risk of spreading the disease. (Learn about self-isolation)
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizing gel
  • Cover your cough with your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
  • Avoid public areas
  • Avoid public transportation
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects in your home (cellphones, for example)
  • Do not travel while sick
  • Do not share personal items, like dishes, towels or bedding
  • Seek medical attention if your illness is worsening, but before you go to a doctor or clinic, call first
  • Wear a facemask before you enter a shared space
  • Practice self-care

If you traveled to a country with a known outbreak, or were in contact with an individual who has tested positive, it is recommended you monitor yourself for symptoms. Learn what you need to do to self-quarantine

If you have questions about COVID-19, call the UW Health COVID-19 Informational Hotline at (608) 720-5300. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your healthcare provider via phone, MyChart or Care Anywhere for a video visit.

UW Health, in conjunction with the CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Public Health, does not recommend wearing a mask if you are not sick. If you are experiencing severe respiratory symptoms, call 911.

For more information on the use of masks and how to prevent illness, please see the CDC guidelines.