Remain at Home – Do not attend any gatherings and avoid public places until
14 days after leaving a hotspot or coming in contact with a symptomatic individual.
Contact Your Healthcare Provider – If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, have
been exposed to a COVID-19 patient or recently have traveled to a high-risk area
(domestic or internationally), contact your primary healthcare provider or call
WVU Medicine at 304-598-6000 (option 4).
Stay Home Except to Get Medical Care – You should restrict activities outside
your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school or public
areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing services or taxis.
Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home:
People – As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away
from other people in your home. You also should use a separate bathroom, if
Animals – You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while
you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although
there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19,
it still is recommended that people with COVID-19 limit contact with animals
until more information is known about the virus.
Call Ahead Before Visiting Your Doctor – If you have a medical appointment,
call the healthcare provider and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This
will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep others from getting
infected or exposed.
Wear a Facemask – You should wear a facemask when you are around other people
(e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s
office. If you are unable to wear a facemask (e.g., because it causes trouble
breathing), then people who live in your residence should not stay in the same
room with you or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes – Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean
your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol,
covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel
Clean Your Hands Often – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at
least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that
contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them
together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if
hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed
Avoid Sharing Personal Household Items – You should not share dishes, drinking
glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in
your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap
Clean All “High-Touch” Surfaces Every Day – High-touch surfaces include counters,
tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets
and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool or body
fluids on them.
Monitor Your Symptoms – Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is
worsening. Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that
you have (or are being evaluated for) 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.
Discontinuing Home Isolation – Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain
under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to
others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions
should be made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with healthcare providers
and state and local health departments.