COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms from mild to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 

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COVID-19 Guidance

CDC updates and simplifies respiratory virus recommendations.

Recommendations are easier to follow and help protect those most at risk

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What to do if you are sick

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 infection or if a healthcare provider or public health official has told you that COVID-19 infection is suspected, follow the guidance. If you have questions, please call 866-PUB-HLTH (866-782-4584).

Guidance for Reporting COVID-19 Test Results

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

Some people who have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 can experience long-term effects from their infection, known as Long COVID or Post-COVID Conditions (PCC).

COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccines are a safe and effective way to limit serious illnesses, hospitalizations, and death.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination.

Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines

What You Need to Know

  • CDC recommends the 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax, to protect against serious illness from COVID-19.
  • Everyone aged 5 years and older  should get 1 dose of an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against serious illness from COVID-19.
  • Children aged 6 months–4 years need multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccines to be up to date, including at least 1 dose of updated COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get additional doses of updated COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People aged 65 years and older who received 1 dose of any updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Novavax) should receive 1 additional dose of an updated COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the previous updated dose. For more Novavax information, click or tap here.
  • COVID-19 vaccine recommendations will be updated as needed.
  • People who are up to date have lower risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 than people who are unvaccinated or who have not completed the doses recommended for them by CDC.

GA COVID-19 Hotline

This hotline is for questions about COVID-19 and COVID vaccine only, not for scheduling appointments for vaccination.

(888) 357-0169

COVID-19 Testing

Find a location in Georgia offering free over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 test kits, testing kiosks, and Specimen Point of Collection (SPOC) sites.

COVID-19 PCR testing are available at TestAndGo kiosks, (open 24-7) in communities across Georgia. 

El Departmento de Salud Publica ahora ofrece pruebas de COVID-19 en quioscos de prueba y uso.

Available Treatments

What You Need to Know About Treatments

Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home. You can treat symptoms with over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to help feel better.

If you have COVID-19 and are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, treatments are available that can reduce your chances of being hospitalized or dying from the disease. Medications to treat COVID-19 must be prescribed by a healthcare provider or pharmacist and started within 5–7 days after symptoms appear. Contact a healthcare provider right away to determine if you are eligible for treatment, even if your symptoms are currently mild.

COVID-19 Vaccine Report

This report estimates uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia by recipients’ county of residence and sex, age, race, or ethnicity.