Public Health issues guidelines for those with flu-like symptoms

1:44 p.m., April 29, 2009----The Delaware Division of Public Health has issued detailed instructions for anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

Persons with such symptoms should stay at home for seven days after the onset of illness or at least 24 hours after the symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer, according to the instructions.

Other guidelines for those with symptoms are:

  • If you must go outside, wear a facemask to reduce the risk of spreading the virus when you cough, sneeze, talk or breathe. If a mask is unavailable, use a handkerchief or tissues to cover any coughing or sneezing, and dispose of the tissue properly after using it.
  • You and everyone who lives with you should wash their hands frequently with soap and water. When soap and water are unavailable and hands are not visibly dirty, use alcohol-based (at least 60 percent alcohol) hand gels.
  • When you are at home, wear a facemask if possible when you are within 6 feet of others.
  • Household members who are not ill should remain home at the earliest sign of symptoms and should minimize their contact with others in the community as much as possible.
  • Designate a single household member as your caregiver to minimize your interactions with those who are not ill.