Prevention, Symptoms & Emergencies

Symptoms & Emergency Care

Common COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever 
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Fatigue
  • Aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Loss of taste and/or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes

*This is not a complete list of symptoms.

*Common symptoms* may appear 2–14 days after exposure:

Seek medical attention immediately if you have:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Ongoing pain or pressure in the chest
  • Confusion and/or difficulty waking up and staying alert
  • Loss of speech or movement
  • Bluish lips and/or face

*This is not a complete list of serious symptoms. 

Call 911 if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Tell the 911 operator that you have, or need to be tested for, COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before emergency medical services arrive.

Sources:  CDC; WHO; NYT

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