Symptoms and Illness
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
An average healthy temperature is approximately 98 degrees. If you temperature is over 100 degrees, you have a fever.
If you do not have a thermometer, here are some symptoms of a fever:
-warm forehead -aching muscles
-sore eyes -headache
-loss of appetite -dehydration
Cough, Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
COVID-19 can cause prolonged uncontrollable coughing. Additionally, you may feel unable to breath deeply or catch your breath.
If these symptoms increase, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Other symptoms include: sore throat, unexplained lose of taste or smell, or diarrhea.
Emergency warning symptoms
-Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
-Discolored lips or face
You can be infected and contagious for up to 2 weeks prior to showing symptoms.
Once symptoms begin, the duration of illness is typically between 4 to 11 days.
Follow the guidelines the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has outlined: Steps to take if you are sick
If you feel like you are getting sick or are ill, stay home. Ask your coworkers and anyone you live with to disinfect all things you have touched. Do not begin to interact with others until you do not have a fever for at least 72 hours, your other symptoms have improved, and it’s been at least 7 days since your symptoms started.1
The Center for Disease Control & Prevention has created a guide to help you make the decision on whether or not you need to seek medical care. You can find the CDC’s "Coronavirus Self-Checker" guide and other helpful information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html.
There is not a vaccine or medication for COVID-19 at this time. Take a fever-reducing medicine to help ease the fever. If you feel your symptoms are getting worse, contact your doctor or a medical facility to discuss your symptoms. If necessary, make an appointment to go visit the doctor’s office or medical facility you’ve contacted. Wear a mask when you go out in public so you reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus to others.
If you experience emergency warning symptoms or any emergency, call 9-1-1 and get immediate medical attention.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention - What to do if you are sick