Coronavirus Disease Symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms

The COVID19 virus affects different people in different ways. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and most infected people will develop mild to moderate coronavirus disease symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment. People who have underlying medical conditions and those over 60 years old have a higher risk of developing severe disease and death.

Common coronavirus disease symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses) and include:

  • Fever;
  • Dry cough;
  • Sputum production;
  • Fatigue.

Other COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Loss of smell;
  • Loss of taste;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Muscle or joint pain;
  • Sore throat;
  • Headache;
  • Chills;
  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting.

As is common with infections, there is a delay between the moment when a person is infected with the virus and the time when they develop symptoms. This is called the incubation period. The incubation period for COVID 19 is typically five to six days but may range from two to 14 days.

People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate and contact their medical provider for advice on testing and referral. People with fever, cough or difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.