COVID-19 Symptoms

Last updated: May 26, 2022

COVID-19 affects people differently. If you have COVID-19, you might have no symptoms or mild symptoms. Or, you might get very sick. You may need to go to a hospital.

Some people are at higher risk for severe illness and death:

  • Older people
  • People with other health conditions 
  • People who are not vaccinated 

You can get COVID-19 if you are near someone who has the virus that causes it. You can show symptoms 2 to 14 days after you get the virus. If you have one or more of these symptoms, you may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea