If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone
COVID-19 can cause symptoms ranging from mild to very severe. For people who are older or those at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, treatment may be available that can reduce the chances of being hospitalized or dying from the disease. Contact a healthcare provider right away or visit a Test to Treat location. Treatment must be started within the first few days to be effective.
Steps to Take When Sick with COVID-19
When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention: If someone is showing any emergency warning signs, call 911.
Improve ventilation (air flow) at home to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading to other people
Use this interactive tool to learn how to improve air flow at home.
Monitor symptoms and follow healthcare provider instructions
Rest, drink fluids, and use over-the-counter medicines for fever.
Practice every day hygiene and cleaning and avoid sharing personal household items
- Wash your hands often.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
Wear a high-quality mask or respirator when around other people
Wear a mask with the best fit, protection, and comfort.
If you are caring for someone with COVID-19:
- Follow everyday preventative actions
- Wear a high-quality mask when you must be around them
- Learn what to do after being exposed to COVID-19