COVID-19: Symptoms of Illness

People with COVID-19 can experience a range of symptoms. Most people have mild symptoms and are able to recover at home. Some may have severe symptoms that lead to hospitalization or death. If you feel sick, isolate yourself from others and get tested for COVID-19.

You may have COVID-19 if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell

Not everyone with COVID-19 has these symptoms. For many, symptoms are mild, with no fever. Some people may also experience fatigue or gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain. You can still spread the virus to others even if you have mild or no symptoms.

Know emergency warning signs of COVID-19

Get medical attention immediately if you experience any of these warning signs*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to be woken up
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your doctor or medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. If you need emergency medical attention, call 911 and tell them you are having COVID-19-like symptoms.

More can be found at: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19, Symptoms webpage.


If you have symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms lasting more than four weeks

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 more than four weeks after being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you may be experiencing a Post-COVID Condition. Visit our page on Long COVID to learn more.

Fully vaccinated with symptoms of COVID-19 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, and you are fully vaccinated, you should isolate yourself from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and get tested. Follow recommendations from your health care provider and local health department once you receive your test result.


Get tested

If you have symptoms, it is time to get tested. Not sure how to get tested? We can help.

 

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Last Revised: June 8, 2021

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