How to isolate at home when you have COVID-19

Isolation means staying home and avoiding all contact with other people.

If you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19, you’re expected to follow these measures.

Limit contact with others

  • Don’t leave your home (unless seeking urgent medical care).
  • Arrange to have supplies dropped off at your door.
  • Stay in a separate room in your home and use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • If you must be in contact with others, keep at least 2 meters away. Keep interactions brief and wear a mask.
  • Avoid contact with pets (if you live with others who may also be petting the animal).

Keep your hands clean

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and dry with disposable paper towels or dry reusable towel, replacing it when it becomes wet.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm or into a tissue.

Avoid contaminating common items and surfaces

  • At least once daily, clean and disinfect surfaces that you touch often, like toilets, doorknobs, handles, phones, and remote controls.
  • Put the lid of the toilet down before flushing.
  • Do not share personal items, such as toothbrushes, towels, bed linen, utensils, or electronic devices.
  • To disinfect, use regular household disinfectants or diluted bleach (1 part bleach and 9 parts water).
  • If items cannot be disinfected, place them in a lined container, secure the contents, and dispose with other household waste.

Care for yourself

  • Monitor your symptoms as directed by your health care provider or public health authority.
  • If your symptoms get worse, immediately contact your health care provider or public health authority and follow their instructions.
  • Get some rest, eat a balanced diet, and stay in touch with others through communication devices.

Supplies to have at home when isolating

  • Disposable masks (do not re-use)
  • Disposable gloves (do not re-use)
  • Disposable paper towels
  • Eye protection
  • Tissues
  • Garbage bags
  • Thermometer
  • Over-the-counter medication to reduce fever (e.g., ibuprofen or acetaminophen)
  • Hand soap
  • Dish soap
  • Regular laundry soap
  • Regular household cleaning products
  • Alcohol-based sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
  • Bleach (5% sodium hypochlorite) and a separate container for dilution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water)
  • Alcohol prep wipes

Let’s all do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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