Care & Treatment of COVID-19
Everyone who gets COVID is affected differently. Some people may experience mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Others, especially those who are not vaccinated, may experience moderate or severe symptoms. No matter how sick you may feel, many care and treatment options are available.
All treatments for COVID-19 should be prescribed by your health care provider. If you need to find a healthcare provider, call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258). You can also visit a Test-to-Treat site where you can get tested, receive an evaluation from a healthcare provider, and get prescribed treatment all in one visit. To find your nearest Test-to-Treat site, visit the US Department of Health and Human Services website.
To learn more about COVID-19 treatments, visit the PA DOH website.
When to Seek Medical Treatment
After you receive a positive test result, you should talk to a health care provider immediately to see if available COVID-19 outpatient treatments may be right for you – even if your symptoms are mild.
Most patients who test positive for COVID-19 are eligible for treatment. Be sure to act fast to get tested and seek treatment, since most medications are effective only if they are started within five days of showing symptoms.
People who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are especially encouraged to seek treatment. This includes people who are older (65+) and/or have certain medical conditions.
Call 911 or go to the hospital emergency department if you are experiencing severe COVID symptoms such as persistent chest pain, shortness of breath, confusion, you can’t wake up or stay awake, or your face or lips are turning blue.
Treatment for Mild Symptoms
If you test positive and have mild symptoms, you should still talk to your doctor or health care provider. Even if your doctor does not prescribe COVID therapeutics, your doctor will be able to recommend some simple actions you can take to make you feel better if you are experiencing symptoms. These may include:
- Taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce fever
- Drinking water to stay hydrated
- Getting plenty of rest to help your body fight the virus