The coronavirus continues to spread rapidly across the United States, fueled by the highly contagious Omicron variant, which now accounts for over 99% of cases.
But most people who develop COVID-19 symptoms have a mild illness and can recover at home, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“While some patients require inpatient care for their COVID-19 infection, most do not and are able to safely care for themselves at home,” says Dr. Judy Tung, section chief of Adult Internal Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and associate dean for Faculty Development at Weill Cornell Medicine. “Understanding the symptoms and how to monitor and treat them can help you manage your care safely.”
The good news, Dr. Tung adds, is that COVID-19 vaccines have proved very effective in preventing severe COVID-19 illness, and a booster makes them more effective, including with Omicron. “I highly recommend that eligible individuals get vaccinated and boosted as soon as they can,” encourages Dr. Tung.
Here, Dr. Tung shares with Health Matters how to treat yourself at home if you have a milder case of COVID-19.