What to Do if you Feel Sick (COVID-19)

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While many people with COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms, it is still possible that they could be infected and pass the disease to friends, family and loved ones. If you have any of the symptoms belows, you might have COVID-19. DHEC recommends that you get tested right away.


  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Help protect yourself and others by preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities by getting tested. Find a free testing event near you at scdhec.gov/GetTested.

When to Seek Medical Attention

When calling for medical attention, let providers know you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 on the call.  They may have special instructions for you.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, call 911 for immediate medical attention. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

If You Stay at Home for Care

Most people have mild illness and can usually recover at home. Monitor yourself for worsening symptoms, and if you are getting sicker, call your healthcare provider or use one of the telehealth resources in SC. You can also use Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Coronavirus Self-Checker to help you make decisions and see appropriate medical care.

Those who are charged with caring for a family member, friend, or neighbor who is at greater risk for becoming ill are asked to follow information provided by CDC and DHEC to safely provide this care at home. If you are caring for yourself at home, click here.



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