What to do if You're Sick

On March 1, 2024, the CDC released updated recommendations for people who are sick with any common respiratory illness (including COVID-19, flu, and RSV). See the guidance on what to do if you're sick here

There is additional guidance for those who may be at higher risk for severe outcomes from a respiratory illness. Generally, people at higher risk of severe illness from respiratory viruses are older adults, young children, people with compromised immune systems, people with disabilities, and pregnant people. See this high-risk guidance here

When to Seek Medical Care

If you have COVID-19, talk to your primary care provider or an urgent care provider right away to see if you qualify for treatment. This is especially important for those who are high riskLearn more about treatments here.

Call your doctor if you have: 

  • Fever that does not come down with medication. 
  • Vomiting or diarrhea lasting more than 24 hours or any bloody diarrhea. 
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Symptoms that keep getting worse and feel unmanageable.
  • Other reported symptoms include: chills, repeated shaking with chills, severe tiredness, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, runny nose, and/or a new loss of taste or smell

Call ahead to the Emergency Department or call 9-1-1 if you have: 

  • Difficulty breathing/inability to catch your breath. 
  • Chest pain or persistent pressure. 
  • Feel faint, light-headed, new confusion, or unstable in any other way.
  • Bluish lips or face

Important notes

  • These are guidelines for the general population. Certain settings like schools, congregate settings, and health care facilities may have additional guidance. 
  • We are not collecting data on positive at-home tests. You do not need to report positive at-home tests to the health department. We will not issue letters for employers/schools/travel for at-home test results. If you will need proof of your positive test for work, school, or travel, please get a COVID-19 test from a provider. 
  • If you have additional questions not addressed on this page, please email [email protected] or call 734-544-6700 and leave a message.