The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. The risk for catching COVID-19 depends upon with whom you have interacted. While anyone can catch COVID-19, safety measures such as vaccination, staying home, practicing physical distancing and frequently washing hands and commonly touched surfaces can lower your risk.
Although most who become infected are able to recover at home, older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions are at higher risk for developing serious complications. If symptoms progress or if you experience emergency warning signs - such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, unexplained confusion, bluish lips or face or extremely high fever - please seek medical attention immediately. If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and notify the dispatcher that you have, or think you may have, COVID-19.