JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The most common symptoms of the coronavirus are fever, a dry cough, shortness of breath and fatigue. But as the virus continues to spread, additional symptoms are being identified.
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
According to the CDC, People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pink eye
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
Doctors have reported a variety of skin problems, including red, sore and itchy swelling on the fingers or toes, a symptom dubbed “COVID toes.”
Compared with the flu or a common cold, COVID-19 symptoms may appear more slowly — between two and 14 days after exposure.
Some people never feel sick or notice any symptoms, even though they're infected and can still spread it to other people.
For mild symptoms, like a slight cough or a mild rash, health experts say you may not need to rush to the emergency room. They recommend self-isolating and monitoring your symptoms to see if they become more severe.
Anyone experiencing difficulty breathing or pain or pressure in the chest should seek immediate emergency medical care.
Coronavirus testing is now widely available and, in many cases free. For places, times and other details, visit:
Jacksonville testing sites: coj.net/covid19testing
Florida testing sites: floridadisaster.org/covid19/testing-sites
Georgia testing sites: dph.georgia.gov/locations/covid-19-testing-site