Our knowledge of COVID-19 has come a long way since it was first report at the end of last year. As time goes on, we continue to learn more about this new virus and the symptoms it causes in people. Originally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed the main symptoms of COVID-19 as coughing, fever and shortness of breath. However, the CDC recently revised its list of symptoms and provided a few additional details about them.
Updated list of COVID-19 symptoms
According to the CDC, individuals with one or a combination of the following symptoms may be infected with COVID-19:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Or have at least two of the following symptoms:
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of smell or taste
- Repeated shaking with chills
Symptoms typically appear in most people two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms can range from mild to severe. Children also have similar symptoms, and they are usually on the mild side.
What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19?
Take one of the following steps if you or a family member have been exposed to COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms of the virus.
- Call your primary care provider. Your provider will be able to guide you on next steps and may even schedule you for a virtual appointment. If you do not have a primary care provider, choose one in our online provider directory.
- If at any time you are having a medical emergency or experiencing severe respiratory distress, call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency department.
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