Symptoms COVID-19 are similar to symptoms of the common flu.
So how is it different from the flu?
Both are contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 seems to spread quicker and causes more severe illnesses.
COVID-19 symptoms can also take longer to appear than the flu and can be contagious for a longer time.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms of COVID-19 can be mild to severe. The symptoms usually show in affected people after 2 - 14 days of exposure.
Symptoms may include: - Fever or chills - Shortness of breath - Headache - Fatigue - Body or muscle aches - Loss of taste and smell - Cough - Sore throat - Congestion or runny nose - Nausea - Vomiting - Diarrhea The CDC is continuing to learn about the virus, so new symptoms are possible.
According to the CDC, older adults and those with an underlying medical condition have a higher chance of developing serious complications.
When to seek emergency attention?
Call 911 or go straight to the emergency room if you are experiencing any of the signs below: - Persistent pain or pressure in the chest - Have difficulty breathing - And other symptoms that are concerning to you.