What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?
If you test positive for COVID-19, your doctor will work with you and local health departments to develop a care plan depending on the severity of your symptoms.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your local health department or your doctor. You can find your local health department's contact information here.
If you have possible or confirmed COVID-19, you should follow your doctor or local health department's instructions, along with the CDC's steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
How do I get treatment for COVID-19?
If you start feeling symptoms: Contact your doctor or local health department to determine whether you need medical evaluation.
- If you do not have a doctor, contact your insurance company to find an in-network provider. If you do not have health insurance, you likely are eligible to enroll in coverage. Find out how to enroll in coverage here.
If you have confirmed or possible COVID-19: Because there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19, your doctor will help you determine the kinds of supportive care you might need to relieve symptoms while you recover.
According to the CDC, most people have a mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you are sick and your symptoms are mild, follow your doctor's treatment instructions, along with the CDC's guidance on caring for yourself at home. According to the CDC, most people have a mild illness and are able to recover at home.
If your illness worsens: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening, for example, if you have difficulty breathing. Before going to a doctor's office or hospital, call your doctor and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
If you have a medical emergency: If you experience any of the CDC's emergency warning signs for COVID-19 listed below, or if you're having a medical emergency, get medical attention immediately by calling 911 or your local emergency line:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
Note: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.