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COVID-19 Resource Center

Northwestern Medicine is a trusted source for information regarding COVID-19.

Recent COVID-19 Updates


  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms may vary depending on whether you have gotten the vaccine.

Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after you are exposed to the virus. If you have any of these symptoms, consider getting tested. Learn more about testing and find your nearest location.

Isolation and Exposure Guidelines

You should stay home and away from others when you have a respiratory virus. This includes COVID-19. Please follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For general public settings:

  • You can return to normal activities 24 hours after your symptoms have improved. You should be fever-free without medication.
  • Once you go back to normal activities, consider wearing a mask and keeping your distance from others for the next 5 days.

For healthcare settings, after your symptoms have improved and you have been fever-free without medication:

  • You should not visit or accompany a patient for at least 5 more days.
  • You should wear a mask for at least 10 days.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information and Availability

Everyone 6 months and older should get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Northwestern Medicine will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 2023 – 2024 formula.

Learn more about availability.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Treatments

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COVID-19 Public Vaccine Distribution

Find information on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and how to get your vaccination record:

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Diagnosis and Treatments

Find answers to your questions about COVID-19 diagnosis and treatments.

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Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive COVID-19 Center

Based at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Comprehensive COVID-19 Center provides multidisciplinary care for patients with persistent or newly onset symptoms related to a prior COVID-19 infection.

Learn about the Comprehensive COVID-19 Center.

Believe in the Vaccine

Visiting Northwestern Medicine

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Visitor Policies

Northwestern Medicine has modified visitor policies. Learn more about visitor policies before your visit.

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Patient Safety

Learn about our commitment to patient safety.

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COVID-19 Testing

Northwestern Medicine offers COVID-19 testing at multiple locations in Chicago and surrounding communities. Learn more about testing and find your nearest location.

COVID-19 Condition Information

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Northwestern Medicine is a trusted source for information regarding COVID-19.

Learn about symptoms, treatments, who is at higher risk and more.

Northwestern Medicine Updates

Help for Those Who Do Not Have Insurance

If you do not have health insurance, program are available to help you pay for your care.

Clinical Trials

Northwestern Medicine is participating in a number of clinical trials related to COVID-19.

Classes and Events Updates

For the health and safety of class attendees, patients, visitors and staff in our hospitals and clinics, Northwestern Medicine now has both virtual and in-person events. Virtual patient and community classes and events can include educational offerings, support groups and physician lectures. Visit Classes and Events to determine the current status.

Additional Resources

Information about COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. Access the latest information from the following organizations:

CDC Multi-language Resources on COVID-19
The CDC has developed videos about COVID-19 in American Sign Language.

Medical Advances

Our mission to put patients first drives every decision we make. See how the relentless pursuit of better medicine is benefiting patients with COVID-19 at Northwestern Medicine.