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Suppose I get infected by COVID-19.

I am a healthy person but with weight issues, according to the standard weight tables.

Can my immune system cure me by itself? That is, without the need of medications or drugs? and by only resting and eating healthy?

I have read this page

https://www.healthline.com/health/coronavirus-treatment#when-to-seek-care

If you’re young and healthy with only mild symptoms, your doctor will likely advise you to isolate yourself at home and to limit contact with others in your household. You’ll likely be advised to rest, stay well hydrated, and to closely monitor your symptoms.

then it says

If your symptoms worsen with home care, it’s important to get prompt medical care.

Here, Why could symptoms worsen?

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If you’re young and healthy with only mild symptoms, your doctor will likely advise you to isolate yourself at home and to limit contact with others in your household. You’ll likely be advised to rest, stay well hydrated, and to closely monitor your symptoms.

This means that if you have mild symptoms, yes, you will eventually "cure" yourself, the same way you would recover from a typical common cold, or how a healthy individual would typically handle influenza.

If your symptoms worsen with home care, it’s important to get prompt medical care.

This means if you have bad symptoms, then home care is not enough, and you need the assistance that a hospital can provide. There is still no cure that medical care can provide; instead, the purpose of getting care is to prevent your symptoms from killing you before your immune system can handle the infection on its own. For some this includes mechanical ventilation: using a machine to help you breathe.

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  • Thank you Bryan Krause for your answer, it's practically a relief. I wonder why don't I see this information on TV news! – I likeThatMeow Mar 19 at 18:52
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    @user8473907 Maybe you need to watch different TV news :) - this information is widely available. – Bryan Krause Mar 19 at 18:53
  • right. What TV news do you watch? – I likeThatMeow Mar 19 at 18:57
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    @user8473907 I mostly get general news from print sources (some of which also use other media), including NPR, the BBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. As far as what causes symptoms to be worse in some people, it isn't clear yet. Older individuals are certainly more susceptible, as are those with certain preexisting conditions. Interactions between age and preexisting conditions aren't understood yet - this was mentioned in comments here, too: medicalsciences.stackexchange.com/questions/21420/… – Bryan Krause Mar 19 at 19:06
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    @America No, he said they will recover if they have mild symptoms. Young, healthy people have died of COVID-19. – Carey Gregory Apr 16 at 0:06

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