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. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • 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 (less common)
  • Diarrhea (less common)

How do COVID-19 symptoms compare to other illnesses like the common cold or flu (influenza)? See the symptom comparison page.

If you are concerned that you have COVID-19, visit the Exposure and Diagnosis page to learn more about next steps to take.

Content adapted from CDC materials.