Continue to take precautions for protecting yourself and your family members:
- Wear a mask whenever you go outside of your house. Make sure your mask fits snugly around your nose and mouth
- Stand at least six feet apart from other people. Avoid crowds and do not meet in large groups.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Get a flu vaccine as soon as you can.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Learn more
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
What to Do If You Feel Sick
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call your primary health care provider.
If you are a patient in our network and do not have a primary care provider – or are unable to reach them – you have other options available to you, including: Mass General Brigham COVID-19 Screening Tool // Mass General Brigham COVID-19 Nurse Line at 617-724-7000 // and virtual urgent care visit via Mass General Brigham HealthCare On Demand.
For your safety and the safety of others, please do not come to an urgent care clinic or emergency room for COVID-19 testing unless you have been instructed to do so. If you have difficulty breathing or chest pressure, please call 911.
Stay home except to get medical care
- Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids.
- Do not visit public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Stay in touch with your doctor.
- If you feel worse or you think it is an emergency, call your doctor's office --call before you get medical care.
- Wear a face mask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.