When do I seek medical evaluation and advice?

Everyone should stay home if they are sick until:

  • At least 1 day (24 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); AND,
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should access testing through medical providers or upcoming OptumServe test sites, even if symptoms are mild. Testing capacity in Placer County has grown to support testing for mildly symptomatic individuals. However, at this time, there is no treatment specifically approved for people who have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care

Individuals who develop difficulty breathing, feel extremely tired, or were feeling better but then feel a lot worse should call their health care provider. If they will be going to the provider’s office or urgent care center, they should call ahead so that the health care provider can be prepared to care for them.

If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, the entire household should stay home for at least two weeks.

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1. What is COVID-19?
2. How does COVID-19 spread?
3. How severe is COVID-19?
4. What are the symptoms?
5. When do I seek medical evaluation and advice?
6. How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
7. How is COVID-19 treated?
8. I may have been exposed to coronavirus. What do I do?
9. Should I wear a face mask in public?
10. Who should get tested?
11. What has changed about testing availability?
12. Where can I get tested?
13. Can individuals visit Placer County Public Health and test for coronavirus?
14. I do not have health insurance and do not have a doctor. If I think I have contracted COVID-19, what do I do?
15. What is a quarantine and why is it used?
16. Is quarantine different from isolation?
17. How does self-quarantine work?
18. Can people in self-quarantine still have contact with their household members?
19. What is the current situation in California and Placer County?
20. What can I do to prepare for COVID-19?
21. What is Public Health recommending to help contain the spread of COVID-19?
22. Can you tell me more about what areas to avoid?
23. What should I do if someone known to be exposed with coronavirus visits our facility?
24. Where can I get an antibody test?
25. How can I contribute to help those impacted by COVID-19?
26. How can I access food, mental health, unemployment or other resources?