Many people will be able to stay home while they get better. But people with serious symptoms or other health problems might need to go to the hospital.
Mild illness – Mild illness means symptoms like fever and coughing, but not trouble breathing. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can rest at home until they get better. This usually takes about 2 weeks, but it is not the same for everyone. Self-isolation means staying home and apart from other people, even the people you live with. Experts are advising people to be cautious of products claiming to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19. As with a cold or the flu, drink fluids and get plenty of rest. If you are having trouble breathing, seek immediate medical care.
Severe illness – If you have more severe illness with trouble breathing, you might need to stay in the hospital, possibly in the intensive care unit (ICU). While you are there, you will most likely be in a special isolation room. Only medical staff will be allowed in the room, and they will have to wear special gowns, gloves, masks, and eye protection.
You might need extra oxygen to help you breathe easily. If you are having a very hard time breathing, you might need a breathing tube and a ventilator.
Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid that can help reduce the length of time on a ventilator and save lives of patients with severe and critical illness.
Results from the WHO’s Solidarity Trial indicated that remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir and interferon regimens appear to have little or no effect on 28-day mortality or the in-hospital course of COVID-19 among hospitalized patients.
Azithromycin has also not been shown to offer any clear benefit in the treatment of COVID-19. Currently there are insufficient data to recommend either for or against the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19.