Last updated: 25 September 2020 at 2.20pm
There is no vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19 (coronavirus). But many of the symptoms of COVID-19 can be treated at home.
About 80% of people can recover at home and without needing to go to hospital.
If you are generally fit and healthy with only mild symptoms, your GP will tell you to self-isolate.
The most important thing you can do is to protect others from catching COVID-19. It is especially important to protect people at higher risk from COVID-19 .
- get lots of rest and sleep.
- drink enough water to avoid dehydration. Your pee should be light yellow or clear
- eat healthily
- avoid smoking
- keep warm
- monitor and treat your symptoms
Read more about symptoms of:
- a fever
- a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
- shortness of breath
- lost or changed sense of smell
If your symptoms get worse
Phone your GP if your symptoms do not improve.
If you are over the age of 60 or have a condition that puts you at higher risk from COVID-19 , keep a close eye on your symptoms. Phone your GP straight away if they get worse.
Medicines to treat symptoms
The best medicines to use will depend on your:
- other medical conditions
- any other medication you're taking
Paracetamol or ibuprofen may help to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains. Paracetamol is usually recommended as the first-line of treatment for most people.
Before taking any medication, read the full package leaflet that comes with your medicine. Follow any advice a healthcare professional gives you.
Antibiotics do not work against COVID-19 or any viruses. They will not relieve your symptoms or speed up your recovery.
COVID-19 is a virus and antibiotics cannot treat viruses.
It is okay to take ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatories (NSAID) if you have COVID-19 . There is no evidence that they are unsafe.
Only take one anti-inflammatory medication at a time. It is okay to take paracetamol and an anti-inflammatory at the same time.
Anti-inflammatory medicines include:
- ibuprofen - brand names: Nurofen, Actiprofen, Advil, Brufen, Brupro, Buplex, Easofen, and Fenopine. Ibuprofen gel can be called Nurofen, Melfen, Phorpain, Ibugel and Ibuleve
- naproxen – brand name: Naprosyn
- diclofenac – brand names: Voltarol, Diclo, Diclac, Cataflam, Difene and Flector