COVID-19 symptoms and treatment

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms.

Stay home while you are sick to prevent spreading COVID-19. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home for at least 10 days. Before leaving home, go at least three days without signs of a fever. 

Seek medical care immediately if your illness worsens or you have difficulty breathing. If possible, call before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room.

Testing

The State of Minnesota’s online screening tool helps identify Minnesotans who should be tested for COVID-19. Visit
blm.mn/covidtesting to determine if you should be tested.

Treatment

If you are caring for someone at home, monitor them for emergency signs, treat symptoms, prevent the spread of germs and carefully consider when to end home treatment. If symptoms worsen and you need to see a doctor, call first. Some emergency warning signs include: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to wake up, and bluish lips or face. 

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19, but getting plenty of rest, and drinking water and other liquids can help. Have the sick person isolate in a separate room. Wear face coverings, wash hands, clean surfaces and wash laundry thoroughly.

For more information visit mn.gov/COVID19 or call 800-657-3903.