In general, COVID-19 causes a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe, though for some it can be deadly. Symptoms, which usually appear 2 to 14 days after someone gets infected, can include:
Shortness of breath
Chills (or repeated shaking with chills)
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
If you have these symptoms, call your healthcare professional first, before visiting an office. Your healthcare professional will determine if your symptoms match COVID-19 and whether you should be tested. Also contact your healthcare professional if you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 and/or have recently traveled to an area where COVID-19 cases have occurred. If you want to get tested, try calling your state or local health department or a healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider might also suggest either an at-home collection kit or an at-home test if you think you might have COVID-19 but you can’t get tested by a healthcare provider or public health official.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Let the 911 operator know that you may have COVID-19 symptoms.
Emergency warning signs include:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to wake up or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face, depending on skin tone
This list does not contain every emergency warning sign. Please consult your healthcare provider if you have any severe symptoms that have you concerned.
For any additional questions about your care, contact your healthcare provider or state or local health department.
Last Updated December 2021