The CDC provides recommendations for What to Do If You Are Sick
How is Coronavirus treated at home?
Most people with COVID-19 can recover at home and symptoms can be reduced by taking over-the-counter medications, drinking plenty of fluids and getting enough rest.
What medication can I take to reduce the symptoms the coronavirus disease?
Pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) can relieve minor aches and pains. Cough suppressants or expectorants may also be used, but it’s best to get specific advice from your healthcare provider.
What if I need to be hospitalized?
The CDC recommends when to seek emergency medical attention: Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
Are there any drugs approved for COVID-19 treatment?
- Bamlanivimab is a COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapeutic that has been granted Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat eligible COVID-19 patients. This treatment option is available for qualified candidates through the Pella Regional Health Center Infusion Center. Detailed information about this treatment option can be found at the link below.
Patients interested in this treatment option should speak to their primary care provider. The provider will review the requirements and if the patient qualifies will send an order for treatment to the infusion center.
Remdesivir is an FDA-approved antiviral drug for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. A physician will order this treatment if needed.