The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their list of symptoms for COVID-19, based on recent medical reports on how the coronavirus attacks the human body. 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.
CDC’s updated list of COVID-19 symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least 2 of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness. However, older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
When to Seek Medical Attention
If you have any of the following emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent chest pain or pressure
- New confusion or not able to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
This list of emergency warning signs is not all inclusive. If you have other symptoms that are severe or are concerning you, contact your medical provider.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency
Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
Stay safe. We’ll get through this together!