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COVID-19: Advice on Treating Symptoms at Home

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There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19), but there are a number of steps you can take to treat the symptoms while isolating at home:

  • Try to get plenty of rest and sleep
  • Use over-the-counter medicines to treat some of your symptoms such a fever and headache

Common symptoms include a cough and a fever (high temperature).

Managing Cough

  •  Try to avoid lying on your back
  • Simple remedies including taking a teaspoon of honey may help (not suitable for infants under 1 year old)

Managing Fever (high temperature)

A fever is your body’s natural response to infection. Most fevers will improve of their own accord in a few days and aren’t in themselves harmful. It is not usually necessary to take medicines just to get your temperature down.

There are a number of things you can do to help the discomfort associated with a fever:

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing and make sure the room you are in isn’t too warm. You shouldn’t attempt to make yourself feel cold e.g. by taking a cold shower or bath
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration – drink enough so your pee is light yellow and clear
  • Take a medicine that reduces fever such as paracetamol or ibuprofen (always read the product information and warnings to check the medicine is safe for you). This will also help with other symptoms such as pain or headache.

Other treatments

If you have antibiotics at home, do not take them to treat coronavirus. As it is a virus, antibiotics will not improve coronavirus.

Despite the many claims reported online, there is not currently a cure or ‘miracle’ treatment for coronavirus.

Ring NHS 111 for information or advice if

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse

For further advice on guidance for households with coronavirus please click here.