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).
When to Seek Medical Treatment
If you have questions about COVID-19 treatment options, you should speak with your doctor or a trusted healthcare professional. They may be able to help you determine if you are eligible for one of the multiple COVID-19 prevention and treatment options authorized by the FDA for emergency use.
Most people who have mild symptoms can recover at home without medical care. However, if you feel like you need medical help, your doctor’s office can help you – even after hours.
You should go to an urgent care center if your doctor’s office is unavailable or you don’t have a regular doctor. Urgent care centers can help if you have mild-to-moderate COVID symptoms and have questions about treatment.
You should 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
Your doctor will be able to recommend some simple actions you can take to make you feel better if you are experiencing mild-to-moderate COVID 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