Severe COVID-19 - discharge

You have been in the hospital with COVID-19, which causes an infection in your lungs and may cause problems with other organs, including the kidneys, heart, and liver. Most often it causes a respiratory illness with fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Now that you are going home, follow your health care provider's instructions on taking care of yourself at home. Use the information below as a reminder.


Infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causes COVID-19, a respiratory illness that ranges from mild symptoms to pneumonia or even death. Symptoms occur within 2 to 14 days from exposure to the virus and may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of sense of taste or smell. COVID-19 may be more severe in people who are older or who have chronic health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes.

Alternate Names

When You're in the Hospital

What to Expect at Home

When to Call the Doctor