Respiratory illnesses can be passed by droplet transmission, coughing or sneezing, or having close contact with someone sick. It is also important to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands and/or use sanitizers regularly, avoid touching your face, and disinfect high-touch surfaces at home, school or work. 

Rest and drink plenty of fluids. For aches and pains, take over-the-counter pain relievers, including acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil). For congestion, runny nose, or post-nasal drip (in the throat), use antihistamine/decongestant combinations. You may also use cough drops and/or saline nasal spray to increase comfort. 

If you do not have a fever, you may wear a mask and participate in regular activities. Be careful to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, even if you choose not to wear a mask, and continue to wash your hands and use hand sanitizer regularly.

If you have a persistent fever, a worsening cough or a cough with throat pain, persistent chest or abdominal pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, headache or sinus pain, severe fatigue or any symptoms that do not improve after seven days, you should see a medical provider. If you have a chronic condition that respiratory illness could make worse, consult your medical provider.