Isolation and Quarantine Guidance/Managing COVID 19 Symptoms
Symptoms of COVID-19
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from zero symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
This list does not include all possible symptoms. Symptoms may change with new COVID-19 variants and can vary depending on vaccination status. Older adults and people who have underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
What should you do if you test positive for COVID-19?
1. Take care of yourself!
2. Check with your health care provider for possible treatments. If you don't have a health care provider, call the MDPH Telehealth line. Free telehealth consultations are available for eligible individuals 18 or older who are currently living in Massachusetts and insurance is not required. If you’re eligible, you’ll be connected with a clinician for a phone or video consultation within 30 minutes. This service is available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese (simplified), Tagalog, Russian, Somali, French, Korean, Vietnamese, Amharic, and Marshallese.
This service is not for medical emergencies or for individuals who are pregnant. If you are experiencing a medical emergency like having trouble breathing, please call 911.
3. Isolate-see below for updated isolation guidance. Click HERE for more information.