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Experiencing Covid-19 Symptoms?

covid Treatment graphicHealth Officials encourage those with Covid-19 to seek treatment right away.

Gov. Roy Cooper and state health officials are encouraging North Carolinians to seek treatment quickly if they get sick with Covid-19.

FDA authorized treatments that can lower the risk of hospitalization and death are widely available. These treatments must be administered early, some within 5 days, and can only be prescribed by a medical professional.

Treatments are available for people who are high risk for severe illness from Covid-19. About two thirds of adult North Carolinians are considered high risk, including older adults, pregnant people and people with certain medical conditions such as obesity, asthma, diabetes, or depression. Learn more about the factors that may put you at risk at

Covid-19 often begins with mild respiratory symptoms that feel like a cold or flu, but symptoms may get worse. If you think you might have Covid-19 get tested as soon as possible. Stay away from others except to get medical care.

Here are three ways to access treatment, which requires a prescription:

  •   Find a Test to Treat location to get treatment immediately after a positive test, even if you do not have insurance or a regular doctor. Go to
  •   Talk to your health care provider about treatment.
  •   Call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 888-720-7489).

Treatments are not a substitute for vaccination. Being up-to-date on vaccines, including boosters, offers the best protection from serious illness, hospitalization, and death. New research shows vaccines protect against long Covid as well.

For more information and to find a vaccine location near you, visit or


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