H. Treatment, Exposed, Caring for Someone

II. COVID-19 General FAQs

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H. Treatment, Exposed, Caring for Someone


There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. Most people with COVID-19 will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Most people have symptoms for a few days and start to feel better after a week.

Someone with COVID-19 can do the following to help with their symptoms:

  • Get rest at home.
  • Drink lots of fluids and stay hydrated.
  • Use over-the-counter medicines to help with symptoms (after talking to your doctor).
  • Keep your doctor’s phone number on hand.
  • Check and track your symptoms if you have them. If your symptoms get worse, especially if you have trouble breathing, call your doctor right away.
  • Look for emergency warning signs and call 911 if necessary. Emergency warning signs for COVID-19 include: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, bluish lips or face, can’t wake up or stay awake. If someone is showing any of these signs, call 911. Tell the 911 operator that the patient has or is suspected to have COVID-19.

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If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should:

  • Get tested. If you were within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for at least 15 minutes within a 24 hour period during the infectious period, you should get tested.
  • Stay home for at least 14 days after the last close contact (within 6 feet for at least 25 minutes within a 24 hour period during the infectious period) of someone with COVID-19.
  • Only go out for necessary errands like getting food, medicine, or other essentials.
  • Stay 6 feet apart and avoid close contact with others.
  • Wear a face covering when you are in the same room with someone with COVID-19.
  • Limit visitors to those who have to be in the home.

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Most people with COVID-19 will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care.

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  • Seek medical care. Before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask or other cloth face covering when unable to avoid contact with others.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

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Look for emergency warning signs of COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Significant trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake

This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other significant symptoms of concern to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility. Before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms.