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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The COVID 19 virus affects different people in different ways. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and most infected people will develop mild to moderate 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 COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (incubation period) and include:

  • Fever;
  • Dry cough;
  • Fatigue.

Other coronavirus symptoms include:

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

These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019