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Not Feeling Well? Here Are the Items You’ll Need

Apr 9 2020

As a country, we are continuing to take steps and precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

However, what happens if you or a loved one gets sick and you suspect it is COVID-19? What will you need to get through the illness at home? Here is a list of items you’ll need to help care for yourself and protect the people close to you.


If you are displaying flu-like symptoms or believe you may be sick with COVID-19, stay at home unless you are seeking medical care. If you live with other people, stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if possible.


Stay in touch with your health care provider as you monitor symptoms. Consult with them to determine if any medical treatment may be needed.

You can also communicate online using our COVID-19 virtual assistant. It is designed to answer general questions, connect you to our hotline or a clinician, and allow you to assess your risk level for COVID-19 based on CDC and World Health Organization guidelines. Visit mercy.com and use the chatbot feature that pops up on your screen.

A facemask

If you are sick and leaving your home, which should only be to seek medical treatment, wear a facemask to protect others from the virus.

During a public health emergency, surgical facemasks may be reserved for health care workers. If you are not able to purchase a facemask, you can use a scarf or bandanna.


Use tissues to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Put them in the trash immediately after use. Don’t leave them lying around.

Soap and water

Have soap and water available so you can wash your hands often while sick. In a situation where soap and water are not around, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. Make especially sure to wash your hands after you cough or sneeze.

A thermometer

A thermometer will help you monitor your fever on a daily basis. It will also help you determine when the fever has subsided.


Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be used to reduce a fever as well as any pains associated with your illness. Based on the current information available about COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend against the use of ibuprofen at this time.

If you are experiencing a cough, use cough syrup or other medications to relieve this symptom.

Fluids and nutrition

As with any illness, it is important to stay hydrated. Staying hydrated is one of the best ways you can help your body fight off a virus. This includes drinking lots of water as well as drinks with electrolytes. Be sure to consume nutrient-dense foods as well, including fruits, vegetables and foods with protein.

Stay updated on what Mercy Health is doing related to COVID-19.

Call our 24/7 COVID-19 Hotline at 888-700-9011 for questions and guidance.

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