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
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 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 arouse
- Bluish lips or face
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 August 2021