For people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 infection, medications are available that can reduce your chances of severe illness and death. Other medications can help reduce symptoms and help you manage your illness. Contact your health care provider for more information, but don't delay, since most medications have to be taken in the first few days after you develop symptoms. Learn more about COVID-19 treatments here.
Fortunately, most people who get COVID-19 will be able to recover at home. It’s important to self-isolate and follow your doctor’s instructions and CDC guidance for taking care of yourself or loved ones safely at home.
If you experience emergency warning signs for COVID-19 (trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face, or any other symptoms that are severe or concerning), call 911 and notify the operator of your COVID-19 symptoms.
Some people who have had COVID-19 can experience long-term effects from their infection, known as post-COVID conditions (PCC) or long COVID. Researchers are still learning about long COVID, which can include a wide range of health conditions and can affect people for weeks, months, or years.