COVID-19 symptoms and treatment

What are COVID-19 symptoms and complications? 

Common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • 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

Symptoms have shown up as soon as two days to as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

In more severe cases, pneumonia develops, which may make it difficult to breathe. If you or a loved one are having any the following symptoms, please seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on the skin tone

Are some people more susceptible to getting COVID-19?

Yes. From the data so far, these factors affect the risk of getting and the severity of a COVID-19 infection:

Are there treatments for the virus?

Many people recover by treating the illness like influenza, including taking pain and fever medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If symptoms worsen, seek medical care.