Page last updated May 26, 2020 – Check CDC website for most up-to-date symptoms.
What you need to know
• Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.
• 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.
Watch for symptoms
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. 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. RCPH will continue to update this list as CDC guidance changes.
When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care 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 any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should:
• Call your primary care provider or urgent care for guidance.
• Stay home and self-isolate for 10 days after symptom start - AND - an additional 3 days once you are fever free without the use of fever reducing medications - AND - all other symptoms improve.
Anyone with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, regardless of severity and whether or not they are tested, should:
• Avoid contact with others and practice social distancing (6 feet between you and others).
• Avoid travel when sick unless medically necessary.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and rub in until dry if soap and water are not available.
• Wear a cloth face covering when in public or around others.