April 2, 2020

COVID-19 is spreading within communities across Virginia and across the United States. VDH urges all Virginians to stay home and practice social distancing. Avoid all non-essential travel from your home. If you must go out for critical things like grocery shopping or medical care, stay at least 6 feet away from others. Do your part to stop the spread by taking everyday precautions, including: washing your hands often, covering your coughs and sneezes, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Check out VDH’s Prevention Tips to learn more.

There is widespread, ongoing transmission of COVID-19 worldwide. If you traveled internationally, or on a cruise ship or river boat, or to a U.S. area where COVID-19 is known to be circulating widely in the community, you may be at a higher risk of getting sick. Self-quarantine for 14 days from the time you returned home and monitor your health.  

To monitor your health, take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day (once in the morning, once at night) and check for fever. Also, watch for cough or trouble breathing. You can download VDH’s Daily Symptom Monitoring Log to help keep track of your symptoms.

Self-quarantine means you need to stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares, if possible. If necessary, your local health department can ensure that your basic needs (for example, food and medication) are being met.

If you start to feel sick, isolate yourself at home. The most common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other common symptoms include fatigue, decreased appetite, and muscle or body aches. Not everyone with COVID-19 will have all symptoms and fever might not be present. Not every person who has been exposed to COVID-19 or feels sick needs to be tested. In most instances, a positive test would not change what a doctor tells you to do to get better. Learn more about what to do if you feel sick.

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