Managers and supervisors should recommend that employees who are sick remain off duty (i.e., on sick leave) until symptoms resolve, and that they seek medical assistance, as appropriate. Anyone sick and believed to be at risk for COVID-19 infection should be advised to seek medical assistance and follow the CDC recommendations:
- Stay home except to get medical care.
- Separate yourself from other people in your home and avoid sharing personal household items.
- If you have a medical appointment, call the health care provider and tell them that you are concerned about the possibility of COVID-19 infection before going to the doctor’s office.
- Wear a facemask when you are around other people.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
- Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening.
- If you are placed under active monitoring, or facilitated self-monitoring, follow the instructions provided by your local health department or occupational health professional, as appropriate.
- Consult with your health care provider before discontinuing home isolation.