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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms usually start a few days after a person is infected with the virus. But in some people it can take even longer for symptoms to appear.

Symptoms can include:



●Feeling tired

●Trouble breathing

●Muscle aches


Most people have mild symptoms. Some people have no symptoms at all. But in other people, COVID-19 can lead to serious problems like pneumonia, not getting enough oxygen, or even death. This is more common in people who are older or have other health problems.

While children can get COVID-19, they seem less likely to have severe symptoms.

Should I see a doctor or nurse?

If you have a fever, cough, or trouble breathing and might have been exposed to COVID-19, call 811.

You might have been exposed if any of the following happened within the last 14 days:

●You had close contact with a person who has the virus – This generally means being within about 6 feet of the person.

●You lived in, or traveled to, an area where lots of people have the virus.

●You went to an event or location where there were known cases of COVID-19 – For example, if multiple people got sick after a specific gathering or in your workplace, you might have been exposed.



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.




Pneumonia appears to be the most frequent serious manifestation of infection, characterized primarily by fever, cough, dyspnea, and bilateral infiltrates on chest imaging. There are no specific clinical features that can yet reliably distinguish COVID-19 from other viral respiratory infections.

In a study describing 138 patients with COVID-19 pneumonia in Wuhan, the most common clinical features at the onset of illness were:

●Fever in 99 percent

●Fatigue (tiredness) in 70 percent

●Dry cough in 59 percent

●Anorexia (weight loss) in 40 percent

●Myalgia (muscle ache) in 35 percent

●Dyspnea (shortness of breath) in 31 percent

●Sputum production in 27 percent


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