Here's what you should do if you already have the coronavirus

What happens if you get the coronavirus? Keep calm, and follow these steps.


The coronavirus has swept across the globe, with at least 125,000 confirmed cases, and quickly climbing to 1,000 cases in the United States. As the virus spreads, preparation will give way to mitigation.

If you have caught the coronavirus, or are worried you might be, here is a quick list from the Centers for Diease Control and Prevention of things to do if that happens.


Limit contact with others

You should avoid going to public places, riding public transit, or otherwise going out and about if you are sick or suspect you might be with the virus. Limit going out only for necessities or to see a doctor.

Separate yourself from others in your household, including pets, as much as possible. Try to stay in a specific room, and use a specific bathroom for yourself if you have that option. Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels, or bedding. Avoid sharing food as well.

Limit contact with pets if possible

Though there are no reports of animals becoming sick with COVID-19 from humans, it can be possible for the virus to stick to an animal's fur or face and then transmit later to another human host.

If others cannot care for your pets, wash your hands before and after interacting with them.

Cover your mouth

If you are sick or believe you might be, wear a face mask to limit spreading the virus. Wear your mask when visiting the doctor. Use a tissue to cover sneezing or coughing, and dispose it in a lined trashcan. Afterwards immediate wash your hands for a full 20 seconds with soap and warm water. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Clean "high-touch" surfaces daily

Clean and disinfect surfaces that are commonly touched like counter tops, desks, keyboards, doorknobs and phones.

Disinfect areas that come into contact with bodily fluids, blood or stool. Toilets, sinks, showers and other surfaces in bathrooms should be cleaned and disinfected.

Call your doctor before visiting

Even if you already had an unrelated medical appointment and wanted to bring it up, call your doctor and tell them you may or may not have COVID-19. This will allow the healthcare provider to prepare for your visit and take steps to keep others from being exposed.

Keep on top of your symptoms

If you have a medical emergency, call 911. Inform them you have or may have COVID-19. If possible, wear a face mask before emergency services arrive.

Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you notice your symptoms worsening (such as difficulty breathing.) Be sure to inform your doctor you are coming, and wear your face mask.

Ask your healthcare provider to inform the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under self-monitoring should follow all instructions by their local health department or health professionals, as appropriate.

Discontinue home isolation when appropriate

Those confirmed with coronavirus should remain isolated in their homes until their risk of secondary transmission is believed to be low. The decision should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider as well as state and local health departments. Do not make the decision to discontinue self-isolation without having spoken to a healthcare professional, even if you feel better. It is still possible to pass the virus on to others.