CDC has updated with 11 symptoms to date and will continue to update as necessary.  People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough - chest discomfort

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • 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.

If you develop emergency warning signs, get medical attention immediately.

Emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion or inability to arouse

  • Bluish lips or face

  • This list is not all inclusive.

  • Consult your medical provider for any other severe symptoms



Onset:  Abrupt

Fever:  Usual; lasts 3-4 days

Aches:  Usual; often severe

Chills:   Fairly common

Fatigue, weakness:  Usual

Sneezing:  Sometimes

Chest discomfort

cough: Common; can be severe

Stuffy nose:  Sometimes

Sore throat:  Sometimes

Headache:    Common



Onset:  Gradual

Fever:   Rare

Aches:   Slight

Chills:   Uncommon

Fatigue, weakness:  Sometimes

Sneezing:  Common

Chest discomfort

cough:  Mild-moderate; hacking

Stuffy nose:  Common

Sore throat:  Common

Headache:     Rare