The Latest on COVID-19 Testing, Symptoms and Treatment

The Latest on COVID-19 Testing, Symptoms and Treatment

Publish Date December 23, 2022 3 Minute Read
Author Kroger Health Board Certified Experts

As the pandemic continues, we’ve learned that COVID-19 affects different people in different ways, and many infected people have reported a wide range of symptoms from mild to severe. Keep reading for the most current information on COVID-19 symptoms and COVID-19 testing near you.

Where can I get testing for COVID?

In the United States, no-cost antigen and PCR COVID-19 tests are available to everyone, including the uninsured, at more than 20,000 sites nationwide. You can check this site to find a testing center in your state. Additionally, at-home COVID-19 tests are available in many retail locations, including your local store's pharmacy.

What are the signs and symptoms?

The most common signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough and fatigue. Other symptoms can include loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, red eyes, sore throat, headache, muscle or joint pain, different types of skin rashes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, dizziness and fatigue.

How long do symptoms last?

Most people with COVID-19 get better within a few days to a few weeks after infection. However, some people can experience long-term effects from their infection, known as postCOVID conditions (PCC) or long COVID. At least 4 weeks after infection is when post-COVID conditions can first be identified.

How long are you contagious?

On average, you may be contagious for 5 to 10 days, and you’ll be most contagious during the first 5 days. Many people don't have any symptoms during the first 2 to 3 days of their illness, which is why COVID-19 has been difficult to contain.

What COVID-19 treatments are available?

If you test positive for COVID-19, you can treat your symptoms with over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil). Prescription treatments can also reduce your chances of hospitalization and death. Treatments to take for COVID-19 can include oral antiviral pills like Paxlovid, IV antivirals and monoclonal antibodies. You should consult your primary care physician and take any medications as soon as possible.

Where can I get COVID vaccines and boosters?

Your pharmacy is here to help you understand the symptoms of COVID-19, so talk to your pharmacist, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. You can also make an appointment to be vaccinated or boosted at your local pharmacy. COVID-19 vaccines are free to everyone living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status. If you need help finding a location, visit

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.