Treat COVID-19 symptoms at home

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus), self-isolate (stay in your room) and get a COVID-19 test. Do this even if you fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. But many of the symptoms can be treated at home.

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.

If you have a vaccine appointment

Do not attend a vaccination appointment if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

To ask for a new appointment, reply to your appointment text with the word 'New' or phone HSELive on 1800 700 700.


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Your symptoms

You may not have all the symptoms of COVID-19 or your symptoms may be mild. Symptoms may vary for different age groups or variants of the virus. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show.

Read more about symptoms of:

Read more about recovering after COVID-19

When to get medical help if you need it

Urgent advice: Phone your GP if:

Medicines to treat symptoms

The best medicines to use will depend on your:

  • symptoms
  • 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.


It is okay to take ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatories (NSAID) if you have COVID-19.

Only take one anti-inflammatory medication at a time. It is OK 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

Last updated: 25 November 2021 at 3.45pm

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