If You Are Sick

  • If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.
  • If you’re sick and need medical care, call your doctor or nearest Urgent Care.   Your physician will determine what medical care is neccessary. 
  • Just becuase you are ill, it does not mean you have contracted Covid-19.
  • People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Possible symptoms include:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • If you are experiencing these systems, your medical provider will decide if you should be tested for Covid-19.  See testing information here.

Individuals with COVID-19 will be directed to Isolate and may be instructed to recover at home if their symptoms do not require hospitalization. Close contacts identified through Contact Tracing should monitor their health and may be directed to self-quarantine by the Public Health Department. 


If you suspect you have COVID-19

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

  • Stay home: People who are ill with COVID-19 will be directed to isolate at home during their illness.
  • You should only leave your home if you need medical care.
  • Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
  • Stay home and do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Protect those around you.  Wear a facial covering around household members and practice strict sanitation techniques.
  • If you are tested and confirmed to be positive for Covid-19, additional instructions will be provided by the Public Health Department.

Should I Be Tested

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.

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