What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

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The acute symptoms of COVID-19—cough, fever, and shortness of breath—can develop 2 to 14 days after exposure to coronavirus.

However, these symptoms are common to other illnesses, too. How do you know if your cough, fever, or difficulty breathing is due to COVID-19 or something else? If you have any of these symptoms, you should test for COVID-19 immediately at home or by contacting your doctor’s office

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever or Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should get tested immediately. Learn more about COVID-19 variants

Facts and information about the coronavirus pandemic are constantly changing. Visit the CDC site for the most up-to-date information during the COVID-19 outbreak.