The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19, or SARS-CoV-2) is a new strain of coronavirus identified in 2019 that has not been previously identified in humans. This respiratory disease spreads through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing, or even from talking in close proximity.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. For most people, the symptoms can last from a few days to a few weeks, and can include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Contact your provider right away if you think you were exposed to COVID-19. If you have only mild symptoms, stay home in a room or area away from other people. Rest, drink a lot of fluids and see if over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen help you feel better.
The FDA has authorized antiviral medications to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 infections in those who are likely to get very sick. This treatment may not be available to everyone, so we recommend that you get your COVID-19 vaccine and boosters if you're able.
Although vaccination does not completely prevent breakthrough cases of COVID from happening, it does slow down the spread of coronavirus and lowers the risk of people becoming seriously ill from the virus.
You can also call the Pennsylvania Department of Health directly 877-724-3258.
If you have a mild infection, you may be able to recover at home with over-the-counter medications. Talk with your doctor about what is best for you if you become sick with COVID-19.
Main Line Health's Post-COVID Recovery Program
If you've been struggling with health issues for at least 30 days after having a positive COVID-19 test result, you may be eligible for our Post-COVID Recovery Program. This program includes a multi-disciplinary approach to care, specialist referrals and rehabilitation services.