What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Older adults and individuals of any age with underlying medical conditions, such as lung disease, seem to be at higher risk for developing severe complications from COVID-19.

These symptoms, or combinations of symptoms, generally appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may prompt you to suspect you have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Congestion or sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are new, severe, or concerning to you.


When to Call Your Healthcare Provider

If you develop symptoms that you think may be caused by COVID-19 or have been around someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19, you should call your healthcare provider to discuss your situation. While determining if you have been exposed, protect yourself and others by not leaving the house unless you are told to by your doctor it is safe to do so or you are having a medical emergency.

Your healthcare provider may refer you to be tested for COVID-19.

Emergency Warning Signs

Seek emergency care if you start having trouble breathing, experience pain or pressure in your chest, develop a bluish tinge to your lips or face or are noticed to have new confusion or inability to wake or stay awake.

Our Lung HelpLine is answering questions about COVID-19. Contact our Lung HelpLine by calling 1-800-LUNGUSA or submitting a question online.

Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel.

Page last updated: February 23, 2021

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