Most people can safely manage their symptoms with home treatment, such as drinking plenty of fluids, rest, and using a humidifier or hot shower to ease a cough or sore throat. If you have a fever, you can use non-prescription medicine like acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil) to help with some of the symptoms of COVID-19.
If you tested positive:
If fully vaccinated, self-isolate for at least 5 days since the start of your symptoms. Wear a mask even in settings where a mask isn’t required and avoid higher risk settings, such as long term care facilities and gatherings, for another 5 days after ending isolation.
If unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, self-isolate for at least 10 days since the start of your symptoms.
If you don’t feel better after the 5 or 10 days, keep self-isolating until you feel better and your fever is gone (without taking medicine that reduces fever).
If you tested negative:
Self-isolate until your symptoms improve, and you feel well enough to return to regular activities.
If you had a fever, stay home until the fever is gone (without taking medicine that reduces fever).
Go to an emergency department or call 911 if you:
· find it hard to breathe
· have chest pain
· can’t drink anything
· feel very sick
· feel confused