Most patients (80%) recover without needing special treatment and can stay home if symptoms are not severe. Approximately one in six who get COVID-19 become severely ill and develop difficulty breathing. Older patients, and those with underlying medical problems like heart disease, diabetes, and lung problems, are more likely to develop a severe illness. People with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing should call their primary care provider first or contact a provider through Telehealth.
Your best defense against illness is to wash your hands with soap and water, cover your mouth if coughing, avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick unless you leave to seek medical care.