If you have COVID-19
People with COVID-19 should:
- Isolate for 5 days
- If you are asymptomatic or your symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people you encounter.
- If you are severely ill with COVID-19 you should isolate for at least 10 days and consult your doctor before ending isolation.
Please note that the Q&I Calculator is not for people with COVID-19 who are moderately or severely ill or those who have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised)—they should talk to their doctor about when to end isolation. Healthcare providers can learn more about ending isolation for these populations by referring to the Ending Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19: Interim Guidance web page.
Other things to do if you have COVID-19:
- Open windows, doors to decrease the concentration of viral particles in the air.
- Go home and self-isolate in a room by yourself.
- Preferably use a restroom not shared by others in your household.
- Drink plenty of water and get rest even if you don’t feel that sick.
- If you experience chest pain or shortness of breath seek medical care immediately.
- If anyone in your house needs to call 9-1-1 for any reason, medical or other, disclose to the dispatcher that someone in the house has tested positive for COVID-19.
Identify the date you started to feel sick, this is your symptom onset date. Go back two days from symptom onset and identify anyone you were within 6 feet of for 15 minutes or more, even if you were wearing a face mask.
- Do not leave your house unless you are going to the hospital.
- Do not go to work or run errands.
- Do not go into public spaces.
- Do not have people over to your house.
Nevada COVID-19 Treatment and Therapeutic Services
- COVID-19 Treatment – Nevada Health Response (nv.gov)
- If you prefer to speak with a person regarding therapeutic options, call 1 800-401-0946 between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
Stay home except to get medical care
Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
Animals: Do not handle pets or other animals while sick. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.
Call ahead before visiting your doctor
Wear a face covering
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Avoid sharing personal household items
Clean your hands often
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day
Monitor your symptoms
Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
If you have a medical emergency and need to call 9-1-1, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a face covering before emergency medical services arrive.
If you believe you are sick with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider or call the Washoe County Health District’s Communicable Disease Line at (775) 328-2427, this number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Health District staff are conducting in-depth risk assessments in order to determine if these persons need to be evaluated by a medical provider or if they need to be self-isolating.