What to do if you test positive for COVID-19
Updated Nov. 5, 2020
A guide to recovery at home for patients and their families
If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, you may be worried for yourself and others you live with or have recently spent time with. Below are steps you should take to ensure you have the best chance for recovery and to help reduce your chance of infecting others.
With a confirmed positive COVID-19 test, you are most likely being sent home to rest, stay away from others, and recover. This is the case for more than 95% of people, as their symptoms do not require hospitalization. Some people have a higher risk for complications and should be monitored extra closely.
Novel coronavirus symptoms tend to go away for most people as the body works to recover from COVID-19 infection, which usually takes two or three weeks. Ten days after coronavirus symptoms first appeared and you don’t have any symptoms, research suggests most people are no longer able to infect others and may end isolation.
You can find more information on what to do if you're sick from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).