By Kevin Castro & James Lott, PharmD
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# I tested positive for covid, What Now?
# Do i need to take another COVID test after getting a positive test?
# What to expect after a positive covid test?
# When should I go somewhere for treatment?
# Where can I go for COVID treatment?
# What treatment is available?
# More Resources + References
If you get a positive COVID test, it is important to quarantine for at least 10 days since the positive test or first sign of symptoms. Even if asymptomatic, isolation is key in order to avoid infecting others.
You should also be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
If you are experiencing symptoms you should wait until symptoms improve or resolve, with the exception of the loss of taste or smell which could last weeks.
If symptoms worsen, you should seek treatment from an emergency facility.
No, the test may still come back positive even if symptoms resolve.
After 10 days and no symptoms, there is no risk of infecting others.
More COVID testing will not determine improvement or resolvement of the illness.
If you are not experiencing any symptoms, you may not experience any throughout the course.
However it could still be too early, symptoms can start 2-14 days after initial infection. Symptoms usually resolve within two weeks from onset, even without treatment.
Symptoms of COVID are similar to flu and common cold.
These symptoms include:
For anyone experiencing mild or moderate symptoms, it is important to stay home and rest. Treatment at home may not be necessary, however, symptoms can worsen.
If you are at risk of developing more severe symptoms, oral antiviral treatment may help improve outcomes.
If you are experiencing severe symptoms, seek help from an emergency facility. Severe symptoms to watch out for include breathing, persistent pain in your chest, worsening fever, or worsening of symptoms.
Once Lagevrio (formerly known as Molnupiravir) or Paxlovid are approved they will be available for at home use with a prescription. If you need treatment with mild or moderate symptoms, you will be able to go to your primary care physician’s office, to a clinic, or through Script Health.
Getting an appointment with a physician can be difficult to set up in short notice in order to get treatment for COVID.
Script Health offers the opportunity to get treatment sooner and with less of a hassle. If you are experiencing any severe symptoms, you should seek immediate help from an emergency facility.
Use this tool to find a pharmacy near you that offers prescription services.
Currently, there is no treatment available for at home use, however there are two oral medications that are in process for FDA approval.
Merck has developed an antiviral, Lagevrio, which has shown to decrease the risk of hospitalization and mortality. Paxlovid by Pfizer has shown benefits in people who were at high risk for developing severe symptoms.
While those drugs are still in process of being approved, the best treatment is to rest and drink plenty of water. You may take medications to help treat symptoms like acetaminophen for fever.