Sick at Home: What to Do

Think You Have COVID-19?
Phone Number
Call 434.982.6843

If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, like:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Call your local clinic or provider. 

Other symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Chills or trembling with chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of smell or taste

If you or someone you care for isolates at home due to illness, take steps to get well and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

High-Risk Conditions to Consider

    Some medical conditions can put you at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Check with your doctor if you're feeling ill and you are:

    If You’re Sick

    Take care of yourself by:

    • Staying home
    • Staying in touch with a healthcare provider
    • Taking over-the-counter medicine to manage symptoms
    • Getting rest
    • Drinking plenty of water

    Normal Symptoms & What to Watch For

    Coronavirus symptoms can last a few days. You should recover in a week or two. Call your healthcare provider immediately if your symptoms get worse or you have:

    • Increasing difficulty with breathing
    • Bluish lips
    • Mental confusion
    • Difficulty waking up or staying awake
    • Chest pain or pressure

    Don’t ignore the signs of other emergencies, like strokes or heart attacks. Our emergency room is still open. If you’re having an emergency, call 911 and:

    • Let the first responders know about your respiratory symptoms
    • Know that we're screening everyone coming in and taking other measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

    Prevent Spreading It

    To prevent spreading COVID-19:

    • Stay in one specific room away from other people in your home. If possible, use your own bathroom that others don’t use.
    • Practice good hand, cough, and sneeze hygiene.
    • Avoid sharing personal items, like towels, dishes, or bedding.
    • Clean surfaces you touch, like doorknobs, handles, and countertops.
    • If you’re going to be around other people, whether in your home or because you must go out, use a cloth face covering.
    • Don’t use public transportation, if possible.
    • If you have upcoming medical appointments, call and discuss your condition with the clinic. 

    If You’re Caring for Someone Who is Sick

    When caring for someone who’s sick, take steps to help them get through their illness, protect yourself, and avoid spreading it to others.

    In-Home Care

    As a caregiver, you'll want to:

    • Monitor symptoms
      • Help treat symptoms with medicine
      • Watch for worsening symptoms, especially:
        • Bluish lips
        • Mental confusion
        • Difficulty waking up or staying awake
        • Pain or pressure in the chest
      • If symptoms get worse, call a healthcare provider immediately
    • Provide lots of rest and water

    Don’t ignore the signs of an emergency, like a stroke or heart attack. Get emergency help if needed. Make sure that first responders know about any symptoms, including respiratory symptoms.

    Avoid Spreading Germs

    In isolation:

    • Have the ill person stay in a room away from yourself and other household members
    • If possible, have them use a separate bathroom
    • Avoid having visitors to your home

    Keep yourself healthy by:

    • Keeping your nose and mouth covered with a cloth face covering
    • Avoid sharing personal items, like towels or bedding
    • Washing your hands often, especially after interacting with the sick person
    • Avoiding touching your face
    • Cleaning surfaces that are touched often, like tablets and doorknobs, every day
    • Washing your laundry thoroughly
    • Wearing gloves while handling the laundry

    Coronavirus (COVID-19): Patient Education Resources

    10 things you can do to manage your COVID-19 symptoms at home (CDC)

    Information on how to manage possible or confirmed COVID-19 at home from the CDC.

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Discharge Instructions

    Instructions for patients with coronavirus (COVID-19). Provides home-care instructions and guidance for precautions at home, including self-isolation. Epic SmartPhrase: (Inpt, ED) .COVID19+DISCHARGEINSTRUCTIONS (Amb) .COVID19+OUTPATIENTINSTRUCTIONS

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Discharge Instructions (Spanish)

    Instructions in Spanish for patients with coronavirus (COVID-19). Provides home-care instructions and guidance for precautions at home, including self-isolation. Epic SmartPhrase: (Inpt, ED) .COVID19+DISCHARGEINSTRUCTIONS_SPANISH (Amb) .COVID19+OUTPATIENTINSTRUCTIONS_SPANISH

    COVID-19 Isolation: What To Expect

    An explanation for patients in isolation for COVID-19. What steps we are taking provide compassionate care while preventing the spread of the virus. Includes careful isolation precautions, telehealth monitoring, and tips for patients to stay connected to loved ones.

    COVID-19 Isolation: What To Expect (Spanish)

    An explanation in Spanish for patients in isolation for COVID-19. What steps we are taking provide compassionate care while preventing the spread of the virus. Includes careful isolation precautions, telehealth monitoring, and tips for patients to stay connected to loved ones.

    COVID-19 Visitation Update: Designated Visitors

    Information for Designated Visitors. Explaining what a designated visitor is, check-in process, and where they are allowed to go.

    COVID-19 Visitation Update: Designated Visitors (Spanish)

    Information in Spanish for visitors explaining what a designated visitor is, check-in process, and where they will be able to go in the hospital.

    COVID-19 Visitation Update: Modified Visitor Restrictions

    Explanation of increased visitor restrictions related to COVID-19. UVA Health is no longer allowing visitors except for general exemptions. Includes how to get updates about the patient's health and ways to connect with the patient.

    COVID-19 Visitation Update: Modified Visitor Restrictions (Spanish)

    Explanation in Spanish of increased visitor restrictions related to COVID-19. UVA Health is no longer allowing visitors except for general exemptions. Includes how to get updates about the patient's health and ways to connect with the patient.

    Discharge Instructions for Viral Illness and Possible Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Instructions for patients who have been seen for a viral illness that may be concerning for coronavirus (COVID-19). Provides home-care instructions, including guidance for COVID-19 test results and precautions at home. Epic SmartPhrase: (Inpt, ED) .COVID19DISCHARGEINSTRUCTIONSUVA (Amb) .COVID19OUTPATIENTINSTRUCTIONSUVA

    Discharge Instructions for Viral Illness and Possible Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Spanish)

    Instructions in Spanish for patients who have been seen for a viral illness that may be concerning for coronavirus (COVID-19). Provides home-care instructions, including guidance for COVID-19 test results and precautions at home. Epic SmartPhrase: (Inpt, ED) .COVID19DISCHARGEINSTRUCTIONSUVA_SPANISH (Amb) .COVID19OUTPATIENTINSTRUCTIONSUVA_SPANISH

    Virtual Family Visit/Meeting Guide for Unit iPads

    A step-by-step guide to using the video chat options on the unit based iPads for virtual family visits/meetings. Choose between Skype and WebEx. How to send a chat/meeting invite and how to join.