• COVID-19 Response Team

Updated Symptoms of COVID-19 (May 2020)

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

Updated Symptom List

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fever

  • Chills/ repeated shaking with chills

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New Loss of taste or smell

Underlying Medical Conditions/Adults at Higher Risk

Those with underlying medical conditions such as heart, or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please visit the CDC website for more information.

Symptoms in Children

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally shown mild symptoms. Reported symptoms in children include:

  • Cold-like symptoms

  • Fever runny nose, and cough

  • Vomiting and diarrhea

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19, get medication attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion or inability to arouse

  • Bluish lips or face

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: notify the operator that you have or think you might have COVID-19.

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are sever or concerning to you.

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