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What You Need to Know

  • Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.
  • Older adults and people with serious underlying conditions, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, appear to be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.

Watch for symptoms

Symptoms reported by people with COVID-19 range from those with mild symptoms to those who become seriously ill. Symptoms can appear 2 to 14 days after being exposed to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills Cough Difficulty breathing (feeling short of breath)
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Headache
  • Recent loss of smell or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

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