COVID-19 Symptoms

Last updated: February 2, 2021

COVID-19 can be mild or severe, and it can affect anyone. However, older people with other health conditions seem to be at higher risk for severe illness and death.

Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with one or more of these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • New or worsening cough
  • Fever greater than 100.0 F
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • New headache, neck ache or muscle pain not related to physical activity
  • More than one episode of vomiting or diarrhea
  • Nasal congestion