What are some symptoms of COVID-19?
People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may include: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea.
Should I take antibiotics if I am sick with COVID-19?
No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses; they only work on bacterial infections. Antibiotics do not prevent or treat COVID-19, because COVID-19 is caused by a virus, not bacteria.
Is there a drug treatment for COVID-19?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved one drug treatment for COVID-19 and has authorized others for emergency use during this public health emergency. In addition, many more therapies are being tested in clinical trials to evaluate whether they are safe and effective in combating COVID-19.
Can I have COVID-19 if I have fever?
If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19.
How long does it take to recover from COVID-19?
Fortunately, people who have mild to moderate symptoms typically recover in a few days or weeks.
Why are antibiotics not effective against COVID-19?
Antibiotics are not effective against COVID-19 because antibiotics do not treat infections caused by viruses. Antibiotics save lives but any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance.
How long could antibodies last following a COVID-19 infection?
In a new study, which appears in the journal Nature Communications, researchers report that SARS-CoV-2 antibodies remain stable for at least 7 months following infection.
Can you recover at home if you have a mild case of COVID-19?
Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.
How long does someone with severe COVID-19 illness need to stay home?
People who are severely ill with COVID-19 might need to stay home longer than 10 days and up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared. Persons who are severely immunocompromised may require testing to determine when they can be around others.