How is COVID-19 treated?

On October 2020, the FDA approved the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat COVID-19. The drug may be used to treat adults and children ages 12 and older and weighing at least 88 pounds, who have been hospitalized for COVID-19. Clinical trials suggest that in these patients, remdesivir may modestly speed up recovery time.

Most people with mild COVID-19 illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some cases develop pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.

If you experience a medical emergency such as trouble breathing, call 911 and let the operator know you may have COVID-19. Never take prescription medicine or drug if it is not prescribed for you by your doctor for your health condition.

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1. How is COVID-19 treated?
2. What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
3. What are the symptoms of COVID-19 vs allergies and the flu?
4. How long does the virus stay alive on different surfaces?
5. What are the differences between social distancing, quarantine, and isolation?
6. If someone in my household is quarantined, are we all quarantined?
7. How do I care for someone who is sick?
8. What is close contact?
9. What is the amount of time for quarantine?
10. Is there any right to appeal a county quarantine or isolation order?
11. When should I call 911?
12. Can I get advice online?
13. How do I contact the Q&A hotline?
14. How do I contact the screening hotline?
15. Should I wear a mask?
16. What does "public outbreak" mean?