While COVID-19 doesn’t always start the same for everyone, early symptoms of a COVID-19 infection are usually a fever, followed by muscle pain and a cough.
The COVID-19 incubation period (the number of days between when you’re infected and when symptoms appear) is anywhere between 2 and 14 days.
Yes. The FDA authorized Pfizer’s COVID treatment pill (Paxlovid) and Merck’s COVID treatment pill in December 2021.
The Pfizer COVID-19 pill (Paxlovid) has been shown to reduce the risk of COVID-related hospitalization or death by 89%, while the Merck COVID-19 pill has been shown to reduce the risk of COVID-related hospitalization or death by 30%. The COVID-19 pill is not a substitute for the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinated people who take these COVID medications will likely have even better recovery outcomes than those who are unvaccinated.
At-home COVID treatment includes staying hydrated, getting plenty of rest, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers (such as acetaminophen) as needed. Once they’re prescribed by a doctor, the COVID-19 pills can be taken at home to aid in the recovery process.
For people with mild cases of COVID-19, recovery can take anywhere from two to four weeks from the time that symptoms first show up. For moderate cases, recovery can take up to six weeks or even longer. In people who are vaccinated, recovery may come more quickly. COVID medications can improve recovery time as well.
Yes. Almost anyone with mild to moderate COVID symptoms can take the COVID-19 pill within the first five days of symptom onset, to reduce the severity of symptoms. Prior to prescribing the COVID-19 pill, your AccessMD provider may ask to see your positive COVID-19 test results.
The COVID-19 pill is not a substitute for getting vaccinated. The most effective way to prevent COVID-19, its spread, and a severe disease course is to get vaccinated. Although vaccinated people can still get COVID-19, the COVID-19 pill will have the best outcomes for people who are vaccinated.
The most effective steps in stopping the spread of COVID-19 include socially distancing, washing hands often, wearing a mask, and getting vaccinated. Vaccinated people have the lowest risk of contracting COVID-19, and if they do contract it, they have less severe symptoms and a faster recovery time.