Individuals with COVID-19 may be instructed to recover at home if their symptoms do not require hospitalization. Family, friends and caregivers in a nonhealthcare setting may have close contact with a person with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or a person under investigation. Close contacts should monitor their health; they should call their healthcare provider right away if they develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath).

Protect your health

There is currently no vaccination for COVID-19.  The best prevention is to avoid being exposed to the virus. 

As with any virus, there are also steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of infection with a number of different viruses.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and discard the tissue.  
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces regularly.

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to severe and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. 

In most cases of mild to moderate illness, it is most effective and most comfortable to rest and recover at home.

If you have more severe symptoms and require medical care, call ahead to your regular health care provider for special instructions. If you do not have a regular health care provider, call ahead to your local urgent care clinic.

Only go to the emergency room if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

If you have or suspect you have COVID-19

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow CDC guidance to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
  • Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

SLO County Environmental Health Disinfection Guidance

Disinfection Guidance - English

Disinfection Guidance - Spanish

CDC Guidance

CDC Guidance - What to do if you are sick

CDC Guidance - Preventing COVID-19 from spreading