What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

Reported illnesses of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and generally appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. For the majority of those infected, these symptoms will clear up on their own.

People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • cough
  • shortness of breath

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Visit the CDC for more on symptoms and a coronavirus self-check guide.

When to Call Your Healthcare Provider

If you develop symptoms that you think may be caused by COVID-19, you should call your healthcare provider to discuss. Protect yourself and others by not leaving the house unless you are told to by your doctor or are having a medical emergency.

Seek Emergency Care if you start having trouble breathing, experience pain or pressure in your chest, develop a bluish tinge to your lips or face or are noticed to have new confusion or inability to arouse.

Diagnosing COVID-19

Laboratory tests can identify the virus that causes COVID-19 to identify if you have been infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed guidance for who should be tested. If you think you have been exposed to the virus and are exhibiting symptoms, speak to your healthcare provider to determine if you should be tested.

The detection test consists of a nasal and throat swab that is then checked in a laboratory to determine if the virus can be detected. Test results help individuals and healthcare providers make decisions about isolation and treatment, as well as tracking and notification of contacts. Not everybody is prioritized to be tested for COVID-19 at this time.

Our Lung HelpLine is answering questions about COVID-19. Contact our Lung HelpLine by calling 1-800-LUNGUSA or submitting a question online.

Page last updated: April 29, 2020

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