Call 911 if you experience the following symptoms:
- Extreme difficulty breathing (for example, cannot speak in a full sentence or walk across the room without having to stop to catch your breath)
- Blue lips, face, or skin
- Severe chest pain
- Confusion, new-onset slurred speech, or seizure activity
Tests are provided at no cost. Results will be available in one to two days through Duke MyChart. Testing takes place at Duke Covid Testing and Vaccine Center, 1400 Morreene Road, Durham, NC.
If You Have Mild or Moderate COVID-19 Symptoms
Seek care if you or your child experience the following symptoms of COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- New or worsening cough
- Trouble breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If You Are a Current Duke Patient
- Schedule an appointment with your doctor during normal business hours.
- Schedule a visit with Duke Virtual Urgent Care. This option is available to Duke patients age six and older with mild symptoms. You must have a Duke MyChart account to schedule the appointment. Children under six years of age and pregnant women cannot be evaluated through this virtual option and should contact their doctor directly.
- Reserve a spot beforehand or walk into a Duke Urgent Care Center. Use this option if your doctor isn't available or you need care after hours.
If You Are Not a Current Duke Patient
Use Duke Virtual Urgent Care when you want medical attention for a minor medical issue and your doctor isn't available. You must be a Duke patient, age 6 or older, and you must have a Duke MyChart account to schedule an appointment.
If You've Been Exposed to COVID-19 but Do Not Have Symptoms
If you or your child has been exposed to COVID-19 -- for example, you live with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or had close contact for more than 15 minutes with someone diagnosed COVID-19 -- AND you have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, follow the CDC recommendations for quarantining. In addition:
- Contact your school or workplace for their policies on when you can return to school or work after exposure.
- If you remain symptom-free, testing is recommended five to seven days after the exposure.
- If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, schedule a visit with your doctor or go to urgent care.
If you are vaccinated and have a known exposure to COVID-19 but are asymptomatic, please follow the CDC recommendations.
Help Us Learn More by Participating in Research
If you have flu-like symptoms, have been tested for or confirmed to have COVID-19, or are concerned about COVID-19 exposure and would like to track your symptoms twice a day for four weeks, please consider enrolling in the Pandemic Response Network: Duke Community Health Watch.
Participate in COVID-19 Research Studies
Long at the forefront of infectious disease and vaccine research, Duke Health is now actively studying prevention, treatment, and long-term recovery for COVID-19 patients. By participating in a clinical trial, you can help advance our search for a cure and could be among the first to benefit from our discoveries. View the directory.