What you need to know
- Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.
- Older adults and other 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.
Read For Symptoms
People with COVID-19 have had a good range of symptoms reported – starting from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may resemble within 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 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
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will still update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
When to seek emergency medical attention
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of those signs, seek emergency medical aid immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for the other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you simply are seeking look after someone who has or may have COVID-19.