People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms, nor does it mean that you must have all of them to have COVID-19. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
If you have symptoms:
Most people will experience symptoms of a mild cold or flu and should recover. If symptoms progress and you have difficulty breathing, call your doctor or ER right away and ask for instructions on how to proceed safely to a healthcare facility. It is important to notify the facility before arriving, so they can prepare to receive you in a safe manner.
People who have been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19
Those in close contacts of a known case of COVID-19. Stay informed regarding the ongoing spread with this CDC link.