Patients infected with the COVID-19 virus have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with
symptoms that include:
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Muscle pain
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste or smell
• A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
• An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection.
Contact your health care provider to determine if you need to be tested. If you don’t have a provider or don’t have health insurance, call 2-1-1, select your language, and press option one to be connected to a County Public Health Nurse.
• If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your healthcare provider by phone to see if you should be tested.
• If your healthcare provider is not listed above, please reach out to your primary care doctor or healthcare provider.
• If you don’t have a primary care provider or health insurance, you can call 2-1-1 (Option 1 after selecting your language) to be connected to a County Public Health Nurse.
• Click here to learn more about testing options in San Diego County.
If you have had close contact (within 6 feet/2 meters) with someone who is confirmed to have, or
being evaluated for COVID-19 you should:
• Monitor your health starting from the day you first had close contact with the person and
continue for 14 days after you last had close contact with the person. Watch for these signs and
o Fever of 100.4°F/38°C or higher—Take your temperature twice a day.
o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
o Other early symptoms to watch for are chills, body aches, sore throat, headache,
diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose.
• If you develop fever or any of these symptoms, call your healthcare provider right away.
• Before going to your medical appointment, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about your
close contact with someone who is confirmed to have or is being evaluated for COVID-19. This
will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.
Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department.
• If you do not have any symptoms, you can continue with your daily activities, such as going to
work, school, or visiting other public areas.
• Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would like to be cared for if they got
sick, or what would be needed to care for them in your home.
• Develop childcare plans and work with your employer to explore
options that enable you to telework and decrease face-to-face meetings.
• Store a two-week supply of food, beverages, water, and medications for all those living in your
home, including your pets.
• Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
• Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers,
stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
• Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals,
pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference.
Clean your hands often.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. It is recommended that you distance yourself at least 6 feet from other people.
Cover coughs and sneezes
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.
• Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
• This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
• If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.