If you think you have been exposed to the coronavirus and develop COVID-19 symptoms, follow the guidelines of your national and local public health authority. Instructions differ from country to country, so please make sure to follow the latest guidelines of your local health authority.
All countries have different approaches to testing, but in general, high-risk groups are tested first. Most people will not be tested, if your doctor suspects you have COVID-19 and you are only having mild symptoms, you will be asked to self- quarantine. Usually, there is no need for hospitalization as the majority of people who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home.
Currently, the information on the accuracy of self-tests is limited and there are no published facts about how well self-tests work to diagnose COVID-19. With that said, in most cases, it’s recommended to stay home as long as your symptoms are mild. If your symptoms get worse, it’s usually recommended to contact a healthcare professional who will decide your further steps.
Since COVID-19 is caused by a virus, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. Symptoms of COVID–19 can include but are not limited to: fever, dry cough, fatigue, sputum production, shortness of breath, muscle pain, joint pain, sore throat, headache, chills, nausea, vomiting, nasal congestion, and diarrhea.
Resources by country:
United Kingdom: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
*This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or replace the advice of your healthcare professional/healthcare authority.