Care for Respiratory Illnesses

As the threat from COVID-19 becomes more similar to that of other common respiratory viruses, the CDC has issued Respiratory Virus Guidance, rather than virus-specific guidance. 

If You Have a Respiratory Illness

This updated guidance applies to a range of respiratory viral illnesses, not just COVID-19. The updated guidance emphasizes the importance of staying home and away from others when sick, regardless of the virus, as well as additional preventive measures.

  • When you are sick (fever, chills, cough, runny or stuffy nose, headache, body aches, diarrhea, sore throat, vomiting), stay home and away from others so you don’t get them sick.
  • You can go back to your normal activities when your symptoms are getting better for at least 24 hours AND you have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing meds) for at least 24 hours.
  • When you return to your normal activities, take extra precautions over the next 5 days –practice physical distancing, avoid crowded areas, wear masks when around others, don’t share food/drink/cigarettes/vape pens, and avoid being around people who are medically fragile. You may still be able to spread the virus that made you sick, even if you are feeling better.
  • If you develop a fever or start to feel worse after returning to normal activities, stay home and away from others until you once again are improving and are fever-free for at least 24 hours.
  • Seek health care for testing and/or treatment if you are sick and have risk factors for severe illness.
  • Stay up to date with immunizations.
  • Practice good hygiene including frequent hand washing, covering your cough/sneezes.
  • Practice self-care including exercising regularly, eating healthy foods, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep.
Guidance for Healthcare Settings

These updated recommendations from the CDC and NYS Department of Health DO NOT pertain to individuals working in healthcare settings.

Healthcare facilities should continue to follow the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Managing Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 | CDC and Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages | CDC.

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