What to do
Find out if you can get treated
You may qualify for treatment if you have a high risk of serious illness from Covid. For example, you are:
- 50 or older
- Unvaccinated or partly vaccinated
- 12 or older and have these common medical conditions
Common medical conditions include, but are not limited to, things like being overweight or inactive, having alcohol or drug disorders, immune problems, cancer, diabetes, or conditions related to your heart, kidney, brain, or mental health.
Get tested right away if you’ve had close contact with someone who has Covid or if you have symptoms like:
- Muscle soreness
Most medicines have to be taken within 5 days of first feeling sick.
If you have symptoms and tested positive for Covid, stay home and away from others for at least 5 days. Day 0 is when your symptoms started.
After 5 days (on day 6 or later), you can leave home when:
- You have had no fever for the last 24 hours
- Your symptoms are getting better
If you test negative but are feeling sick and at high risk of serious illness, test again in 12 to 24 hours. This is especially important if you recently spent time unmasked with someone who has Covid.
Talk to a doctor right away
If you’ve tested positive, talk to a doctor as soon as you can. Most medicines must be taken within 5 days of feeling sick. There are no cost options whether or not you have health insurance.
Use online or phone visits with your healthcare provider if you can. Many offer these remote services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check your insurance card. You can also contact urgent care centers in your area or see the list of Test to Treat locations below.
Pharmacies may be able to deliver these medicines directly to your home.
All Covid-19 medications remain free of charge until the end of public health emergency May 11, 2023. Options for free or reduced cost medications after this date are being considered.
Get tested and treated for free at a Test-to-Treat site
Get tested and treated, insured or not, at no charge. If you have insurance, bring that information and your ID.
Test-to-Treat locations in San Francisco
Mission Wellness Pharmacy
2424 Mission Street
Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm
Monday-Friday Drop-in hours: 9:30am-5pm
Saturday from 10am-5pm
Saturday Drop-in hours: 10:30am-4pm
Federal Test-to-Treat site.
Schedule an appointment or call one of the following locations:
Unidos en Salud /United in Health
24th Street at Capp
Drop in Mon, Fri, Sat 9am-3:45pm
South of Market Health Center
229 7th Street at Howard
People with Medi-Cal
Medi-Cal members have free phone visits with a doctor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Common healthcare systems
You may be a patient at one of these common health systems and can contact them about your treatment.
Call the Urgent Advice line. Medi-Cal members too.
San Francisco Health Network
For those with or without insurance.
If you don’t have insurance
Call the San Francisco Health Network for treatment and to find out if you’re eligible for Healthy San Francisco and Medi-Cal.
Free doctor visits by phone or online if you test positive for Covid, have symptoms, and are uninsured, underinsured, or are unable to get an appointment within 24 hours of testing positive anywhere else.
Positive home tests are OK. Have your medication list or bottles ready.
(833) 686-5051 or go to: https://sesamecare.com/covidca
UCSF COVID-19 Hotline
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Some 24 hour online options
Online appointments are available at all hours, and may come with some out-of-pocket costs.
Get your prescription filled
If you already have a prescription, you can go to any CVS, Walgreens or Safeway pharmacy to fill it. Find the closest location. Ask about free and low cost delivery options for Covid-19 medications.
Go to the emergency room or call 911 right away if you have severe COVID-19 symptoms including trouble breathing, chest pain, new confusion, inability to stay awake, or pale lips, eyes, or nails.
Guidance for providers
See guidance on COVID-19 therapeutics.
San Francisco Department of Public Health's COVID Resource Center
Call if you need help finding remote or telehealth services.
Last updated May 4, 2023