Clinical Care Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Healthcare providers who have cared or are caring for patients younger than 21 years of age meeting multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) criteria should report suspected cases to their local, state, or territorial health department.
For additional reporting questions, please contact CDC’s 24-hour Emergency Operations Center at 770-488-7100.
Guidance for Home Care
Guidance by Patient Type
The signs and symptoms of COVID-19 present at illness onset vary, but over the course of the disease, most persons with COVID-19 will experience the following:
- Fever (83–99%)
- Cough (59–82%)
- Fatigue (44–70%)
- Anorexia (40–84%)
- Shortness of breath (31–40%)
- Sputum production (28–33%)
- Myalgias (11–35%)
Ten things healthcare providers involved in patient care should know related to:
- Treatment and Prophylaxis
- Symptoms and Diagnosis
- Severe Illness
Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:
- At least 3 days (72 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.