COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Reported illnesses for positive COVID-19 cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.
Symptoms of this infection may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure. The most common symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath
Other reported symptoms include headache, body aches, chills, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, sore throat, loss of taste and smell, loss of appetite and diarrhea.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Some person-to-person spread might be possible before people show symptoms, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. If you are sick, please refer to this CDC webpage for more information.
Call your doctor if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 OR have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
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