GrCo public health provides info on self-isolation, how to treat COVID-19 at home

The Greene County public health department shares  important, easy to understand guidance on self-isolation provided Monday by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The IDPH recommends self-isolation for 14 days for anyone who has traveled outside Iowa in the last 14 days, and for persons who live with someone with symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for the illness. Read “Isolation Guidance for Iowans” here.

Read “What Is Self-Isolation” here.

It’s important to know that persons who develop a fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing should stay home. Approximately 80 percent of Iowans infected with COVID-19 will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill persons don’t need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm COVID-19.

Greene County public health director Becky Wolf recommends the following to treat COVID-19 at home:

1) Tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever/aches
2) Drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated
3) Decongestant for congestion
4) Rest! Rest! Rest!
5) Follow the isolation guidelines for when to leave home
6) Contact your provider if you develop shortness of breath

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