COVID-19 Checklist for When to Contact Your Provider
Top Recommendations If You Get Sick
Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, strongly recommends that all Ohioans immediately take the following actions if they feel sick:
- Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Call your doctor immediately (before seeking care) if you feel like you are developing these symptoms. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have symptoms comsistemt with COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility.
- Seek prompt medical attention if you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19. In adults, these can include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face.
This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your healthcare provider for any other severe or concerning symptoms.
- Call your doctor before seeking care if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. Visit the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel website for updates on areas of concern.
- Ask your doctor to call the local health department or the Ohio Department of Health if COVID-19 is supsected. People who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self- monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department.
For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).
- Stay home when you are sick
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
- Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
- Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
- Clean and disinfect "High-Touch" surfaces often
- Call before visiting your doctor
- Practice good hygiene habits