What to do if you or someone at home has COVID-19
Your healthcare provider and public health staff will evaluate whether you can be cared for at home. If it is deteremined that you do not need to be hospitalized and can be isolated at home, you will be monitored by staff from your local or state health department. You should follow the prevention steps below until a healthcare provider or local or state health department says you can return to your normal activities.
- stay home execpt to get medical care
- separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
- call ahead before visiting your doctor
- wear a facemask
- cover your coughs and sneezes
- clean your hands often
- avoid sharing personal household items
- clean all "high-tough" surfaces everyday
- monitor your symptoms
Isolation vs. Quarantine - What's the difference?
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
How to take an Oral Temperature
When it's especially important to record a temperture, be sure to follow this guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health:
CDC's Interim Guidance
This interim guidance is for staff at local and state health departments, infection prevention and control professionals, and healthcare personnel who are coordinating the home care and isolation of people with confirmed or suspected 2019-nCoV infection, including persons under investifation. This includes patients evaluated in an outpatient setting who do not require hospitalization (patients who are medically stable and can receive care at home) or patients who are discharged home following a hospitalization with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection.
Assess the Suitability of the Residential Setting for Home Care
In consultation with state or local health department staff, a healthcare professional should assess whether the residential setting is appropriate for home care. Considerations for care at home include whether:
- the patient is stable enough to receive care at home
- appropriate caregivers are available at home
- there is a separate bedroom where the patient can recover without sharing immediate space with others
- resources for access to food and other necessities are available
- the patient and other household members have access to appropriate, recommended personal protective equipement (at a minimum, gloves and facemask) and are capable of adhering to precautions recommended as part of home care or isolation (respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette, hand hygiene)
- there are household members who may be at increased risk complications from 2019-nCoV infection (people >65 years old, young children, pregnant women, people who have immunocompromised or who have chronic heart, lung, or kidney conditions)
This guidance provides clarification regarding evaluation for home isolation and a new section with information regarding preventative steps for household members, intimate partners, and caregivers in a nonhealthcare setting of a person with symptomatic, laboratory-confirmed COVID-19).
This interim guidance is intended for:
- people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, including persons under investigation, who do not need to be hospitalized and who can receive care at home
- people with confirmed COVID-19, who were hospitalized and then deteremined to be medically stable to go home
- household members, intimate partners, and caregivers in a nonhealthcare setting of a person with symptomatic, laboratory-confirmed COVID-19
Interim Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 2019) in Homes and Residential Communities