If You Are Sick or Think You Were Exposed to COVID-19

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If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and stay home until you have your results

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, you may have been infected with the virus

  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for what to do if you were exposed. This includes:
    • Wearing a high-quality mask when indoors around others (including inside your home) for 10 days.
    • Testing.
    • Monitoring yourself for symptoms.

If you have a medical emergency, do not delay seeking emergency care.

Fever Temperatures in Older Adults

In older adults, normal body temperatures can be lower than in younger adults. For this reason, fever temperatures can also be lower.

If you are aged 65 or older, be aware that any of the following may be a sign of infection:

  • A single temperature reading higher than 100°F (37.8°C), or
  • More than one reading above 99°F (37.2°C), or
  • A rise in temperature of more than 2°F (1.1°C) above your normal temperature.
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