COVID-19 Symptoms, Treatment and Testing

Do you have symptoms of COVID-19?

People who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or have mild symptoms are advised to manage symptoms and self-isolate at home, and avoid going out in public for 14 days.

Common symptoms include a fever of 100.4 F or higher or a new loss of taste or sense of smell. 

Other symptoms include:

  • Chills     
  • Drenching sweats
  • New cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose or nasal congestion
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

If you have these symptoms:

  • Find out your risk with our online screening tool.
  • Consult with your doctor by phone or your Henry Ford MyChart account, or use one of our virtual care options.
  • For your safety and the safety of others, DO NOT go to a Henry Ford facility unannounced, including walk-in clinics, urgent care and ERs. Please call ahead.

If your symptoms worsen – high fever (102-103 degrees) and/or rapid breathing – call 911 and alert the operator of your exposure so the EMS crew can prepare for your transport and limit exposure to others from being infected.

Testing for COVID-19

Testing criteria for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has been expanded in Michigan to include:

  • Asymptomatic individuals who are preparing for surgery
  • Asymptomatic individuals have had a known exposure to a person who has the virus or has symptoms of the virus
  • Those who work in a profession that puts them at high risk of exposure due to contact with the public
  • Those who work in certain industries, such as food processing
  • Learn more about the current Michigan guidelines
  • Find testing locations throughout the state of Michigan

If you are an established Henry Ford patient with have symptoms of COVID-19, please call your primary care provider for advice and how to get tested.

We are usually able to provide you with test results in 24 hours or less.

Recovered from COVID-19? How to help others

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or COVID antibodies, you could be a candidate to donate convalescent plasma. Similar to giving blood, this donation may help others who are seriously ill with the virus. Find out more here

Have more COVID-19 questions?

You can visit our FAQ page for more details on COVID-19 and how Henry Ford is addressing this health crisis. Also, learn more about safety measures we are taking to keep you safe when you seek care at Henry Ford.

Concerned You May Have COVID-19?

Find out your risk with this online screening.

Schedule Appointment Online

If you are having an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Please do not utilize this scheduling feature for urgent medical situations.

For your safety please select a MyChart Video Visit on Demand or call our MyCare Advice Line at 844-262-1949 before scheduling if: You currently have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, you are experiencing a new loss of taste and/or sense of smell, in the past 21 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, in the past 14 days, you have had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19. Or, you have experienced two or more of the following symptoms in the last 3 days: fever, chills, drenching sweats, new cough, shortness of breath, body aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion, or nausea/vomiting/diarrhea.

Henry Ford Health System is committed to ensuring our Deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and visitors have equal access to all services. We provide the appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, TTYs and other assistive listening devices, at no cost. To request assistance, call 313-916-1896 or email

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