Know the symptoms
What to do if you’re sick?
Every Illinoisan plays a role in ensuring our health care system remains fully operational to treat patients in need of urgent care.
If you are experiencing symptoms of any illness, including COVID-19, the first thing you should do is:
1. Call a health care provider, like your primary care physician or a health clinic. But please, do not walk directly into an emergency room or a doctor’s office.
2. A health care provider will ask about your symptoms and potential exposures. If they think you need medical care, they will help arrange medical treatment without putting others at risk of exposure.
3. If you meet certain criteria, you may be tested for COVID-19, but as testing expands, those with severe illness and those at higher risk of complications are being prioritized.
4. People whose symptoms are mild — which will be most people — will be able to isolate at home during their illness, and they should follow the directives of their health care providers.
What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.
Take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks
If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.
You can volunteer to help…
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is in great need of foods to be distributed to those who are in need and cannot get out.
COVID-19 Additional Resources
Cook County Public Health
City of Chicago
City of Berwyn (school districts included)
Town of Cicero
Town of Cicero – Volunteer Team
Cicero Chamber of Commerce
Cicero District 99
Cicero District 201
Village of Brookfield
Village of Stickney
Village of Lyons
Village of Riverside
Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (Chi)
Illinois Legislative Latino Caucas