COVID-19 Positive

What should I do if I’m diagnosed with COVID-19?

If your test results for COVID-19 are positive, this means that COVID-19 (coronavirus) was found in your test sample and you have been diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection.

Do not panic. For most people who test positive, COVID-19 produces mild symptoms, such as cough, fever and runny nose. Only a small number of patients get a severe illness.

Isolate yourself

If you have not already done so, please isolate yourself at home right away. You must stay in isolation even if you do not have any symptoms.

Home isolation

You can stop home isolation when all of the following conditions are met:

  • It’s been at least 24 hours since you had a fever without taking a fever-reducing medication (like Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen) and
  • It’s been at least 24 hours since you experienced an improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) and
  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first started.

Contact your medical provider

If you did not receive your diagnosis from a UCLA doctor because you went to an outside testing site, you should also contact your medical provider right away.

  • Tell your doctor’s office that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. This will help them ensure you get the best possible care and protect others.
  • You can set up a video visit, during which you can discuss your symptoms and determine the best plan of care.
  • If medically appropriate, your UCLA Health physician can arrange for remote symptom monitoring while you are isolating at home.
  • If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and tell them you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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