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

Everyone 12 and older is now eligible


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. The best way to prevent COVID-19 is vaccination.

For those who remain unvaccinated, if you have any of the symptoms below, you might have COVID-19. DHEC recommends that you get tested right away, and isolate yourself while you wait for your results. If you test positive, follow the guidance for those with COVID-19. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and who develop symptoms of COVID-19 may wish to be evaluated by their healthcare provider and tested for COVID-19 if indicated.

Symptoms of COVID-19:

  • 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

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 a telehealth resource. 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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