COVID-19 FAQs: If you or someone in your family is sick with COVID-19

If you are sick with COVID-19 (confirmed) or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you very likely have many questions concerning your condition and health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers this guidance:

This page was last updated on 4/10/2020 at 1:07 PM.

If I am sick with COVID-19, what should I do?

How long must I be in home isolation (self-quarantine)?

If I have COVID-19, can I leave my home at all?

How do I decrease my family’s risk of acquiring COVID-19 infection from me?

Q: If I am sick with COVID-19, what should I do?

If you your illness worsens, including shortness of breath or an increased fever that is not responsive to usual medication, call your provider for guidance.

If your provider recommends you visit an LVHN facility, follow that facility's instructions on how to obtain or wear a face mask. These steps will help keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before emergency medical services arrive.

Q: How long must I be in home isolation (self-quarantine)?

It’s important to understand the difference between isolation and quarantine.

  • Isolation – separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine – separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone who has had a significant exposure to someone with COVID-19 infection needs to quarantine. Quarantine is recommended for 14 days following significant exposure. This is because COVID-19 typically has an incubation period of 2-14 days. If you are sick, self-isolate.

If you are sick and have been confirmed positive
Self-isolate at home for at least three days (72 hours) after recovery, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) and, at least seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

If you do not have symptoms and have been confirmed positive
You may discontinue home isolation when at least seven days have passed since the date of your first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test and you have no subsequent illness.

Q: If I have COVID-19, can I leave my home at all?

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or suspect that you are sick with the virus, stay home except to get medical care. If you think you need medical care, call your provider. Your provider will try to assist you virtually, over the phone or by scheduling an LVHN Video Visit. If an in-person appointment is needed, your provider will let you know. If you need to leave your home for medical care, wear a cloth mask or surgical mask if available to reduce the likelihood of exposing others to the virus.

Outside of getting medical care, you should isolate yourself to your home. Do not go to work, school, place of worship or other public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.

Q: How do I decrease my family’s risk of acquiring COVID-19 infection from me?

Follow the guidelines listed below. For more detailed information on each step, visit the CDC’s website to read more about what to do if you are sick.

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • If you are sick wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items such as drinking glasses and eating utensils
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
  • Monitor your symptoms

For updated information from the CDC about COVID-19 and coronavirus, visit

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