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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- 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.