COVID-19 Treatment

ISOLATION separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick:

  • COVID-19 positive people must isolate

QUARANTINE separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms:

  • Close contacts of COVID-19 positive people must quarantine
Last Updated 05/22/2020 - 12:31

NSAIDs can be useful to control a fever and are a frequent at-home treatment for COVID-19.
Neither the World Health Organization or FDA has warned about the use of NSAIDs for COVID-19. Common over-the-counter NSAIDs include:

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
  • Naproxen (Aleve)

Source: WHO, FDA

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Most people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms and should stay at home. They should isolate themselves in a separate room/bathroom for at least 7 days after the first symptoms AND at least 3 days after they are fever free (without fever-reducing medicine), AND respiratory symptoms (like cough and shortness of breath) improve. 

Care at home incudes bed rest, fluids, and over the counter fever reducing medicine.


If the person develops emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.


While anyone in the home has, or thinks they may have, COVID-19, everyone in the home should quarantine and ensure rigorous cleaning and disinfection steps are taken every day.


For more information please read Marin County’s:


Source: Marin HHS

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 20:46

The State of California has joined with County of Marin and OptumServe to expand testing for underserved communities.  A dedicated testing site is available in San Rafael by appointment only.  Make an appointment at If you do not have internet access, call: 1-888-634-1123. This site is open to uninsured, underinsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. If you have medical insurance, OptumServe will bill your insurance company. Tests for uninsured individuals will be paid for by the state. 

The majority of people will have mild illness that is best treated at home.  However, those with serious illness will be treated regardless of insurance status.  Advisors will work with uninsured patients to find the best options for coverage.

Some resources for uninsured people include:

Source: Marin HHS, State of California

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 15:16

Most people will have minor symptoms and should:

  • call their healthcare provider for advice
  • stay at home
  • isolate from others, including household members

If you develop emergency warning signs, such as difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, seek medical attention immediately.

Source:  Marin HHS

Last Updated 05/22/2020 - 12:12

Marin County COVID-19 Guidance for  isolation and quarantine:

Isolation is when a person with COVID-19 stays away from everyone, including the people he/she lives with, in order to avoid getting others sick. A person must isolate for at least 7 days after the first symptoms AND at least 3 days fever free (without fever-reducing medicine), and other symptoms improve.


Quarantine is when people who have come in contact with someone sick COVID-19, stay at home until they know if they are sick. A person must quarantine 14 days after the last contact with an infected person. If you are not able to avoid contact with a person with COVID-19, you must stay in quarantine until 14 days from when the person with COVID-19 completes their isolation period. Your isolation period is likely to be at least 21 days total.


Please read Marin County’s At Home Quarantine & Isolation Safety guidance document for important information and practical tips.



Source:  CDC, Marin HHS

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 20:44