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 or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- • Fever or chills
- • Cough
- • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- • Fatigue
- • Muscle or body aches
- • Headache
- • New loss of taste or smell
- • Sore throat
- • Congestion or runny nose
- • Nausea or vomiting
- • Diarrhea
This list does not include all possible symptoms.
Learn more from the CDC about COVID-19 Symptoms.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, the CDC always recommends
everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands. Wet your hands with clean, running water. Apply soap. Lather your hands, including the back, between your fingers and under your nails. Scrub for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Maintain social distancing. A separation of 6 feet from another person is considered effective. Limiting gatherings to fewer than 10 people is critical, and social distancing must be practiced at all gatherings.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as doorknobs, countertops, computers, phones and bathroom surfaces.
- Stay in good overall health by eating right and staying active. If you are living with diabetes, heart disease or other condition, keep in touch with your doctor and stay current with your treatment.
- Cloth or other non-medical grade masks are now recommended for everyone in public places like grocery stores where social distance cannot always be maintained.
- Monitor your health. Be alert for any possible symptoms. Especially if you are running essential errands, going into the workplace and in settings where social distancing is more difficult. Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
First and foremost, stay home if you or a loved one are sick, have a cough, fever or are not feeling well except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. (source: CDC)
If your symptoms are not severe, it is best to call your Primary Care Provider before you go in. They can tell you what to do and where to go. If you are severely ill and need to go to the clinic or hospital right away, you should still call ahead. This way the staff can care for you while taking steps to protect others.