Public Health and Illnesses
- Stay at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of disease.
- Use trusted resources to help you feel better. Talk to your doctor and visit the CDC Health Topic web site where you can learn about signs and symptoms of your illness and how to take care of your self.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Keep a distance of at least six feet between yourself and people who are not part of your household.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when in public.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch objects and surfaces.
Should I go to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care Center?
In a disaster, these resources will be caring for many sick and/or injured people. Signs that you should seek emergency care should be limited to:
|Primary Care Doctor
|This is your regular trusted provider or provider group. Visit Primary Care for:
|Urgent care facilities offer quick, effective care for minor injuries or illnesses that need urgent attention. Visit an urgent care center for:
|Emergency room visits should be reserved for situations that could result in loss of life or limb if not treated immediately. Seek emergency care for:
Once you start feeling better, you can:
- Wash your hands. As you get to feeling better, your body is still recovering. Germs are always looking for the chance to make us sick again, so keeping your hands clean (and away from your eyes and mouth) can help keep them away.
- Use a humidifier. A humidifier might help prevent a sinus infection after a cold or the flu by adding moisture to dry air. Be sure to keep it clean so you can breathe easy!
- Don't overdo it. Just because you're feeling better doesn't always mean you should jump back in at 100%. Take short walks while you're on the mend, but don't overdo it.
- Reduce stress. Your immune system is vulnerable after a bout of the flu or a cold. Once your fever has broken, it should stay gone for at least 24 hours without needing to take medicine to reduce a fever. Don't rush back into it!
- Consider wearing a mask. Once you are over being sick, you don't want to pick up another illness, especially a respiratory illness. If you are comfortable, you may choose to wear a mask
- Check in with your primary care provider. Just a simple call or note through your patient portal can give you peace of mind. Stay in touch with your support system, to include your trusted care provider, to let them know how you're feeling.