Learn more about the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do if you have it.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2 and was discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. It is very contagious and has quickly spread around the world. COVID-19 most often causes respiratory symptoms that can feel much like a cold, a flu, or pneumonia. COVID-19 may attack more than your lungs and respiratory system. Other parts of your body may also be affected by the disease.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Shortness of breath
Learn more about symptoms from the CDC.
How do I prevent infection?
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
away from face
Avoid rubbing your eyes or putting your hands to your mouth until you've washed your hands.
Observe Respiratory Etiquette
Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing by using a tissue or into your shirt. Wash your hands immediately
Disinfect surfaces like door handles, light switches and countertops.
Keep your distance 6ft apart from others when outside of your home.
What to Do If You Are Sick
If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Keep track of your symptoms.
If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get medical attention right away.
Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
Stay Home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
Take care of yourself: Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Separate yourself from other people
As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering.
Monitor your symptoms
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough or other symptoms. Trouble breathing is a more serious symptom that means you should get medical attention.
Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.
When to Seek Medical Attention
If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
Call ahead before visiting your doctor
Call ahead: Many medical visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or telemedicine.
If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
If you are sick wear a mask over your nose and mouth
Masking is a critical public health tool for preventing spread of COVID-19. You should wear a cloth face covering, over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people or animals, including pets (even at home).
You don’t need to wear the cloth face covering if you are alone. If you can’t put on a cloth face covering (because of trouble breathing for example), cover your coughs and sneezes in some other way. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This will help protect the people around you.