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What are the Symptoms of the Coronavirus Disease?

As the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become an overwhelming part of people’s every day lives, it is important to be cautious and aware of the symptoms. Knowing what to look for ensures that we are able to act in the event that we start to experience them. While many equate the signs to flu symptoms, everyone should know the differences. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and start to develop symptoms, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

What are the Symptoms?

The reported Coronavirus disease cases in the world have shown a range of symptoms from mild to severe. Individuals who begin to feel sick can see these symptoms between two and 14 days from their initial exposure. This can include the following signs:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

It is important to keep in mind that when a person has a severe case, they may develop emergency warning signs. In the event of this, they should receive immediate medical attention for treatment. Emergency warning signs can include but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

What Do I Do if I Suspect I’ve Been Exposed?

When a person begins to experience potential symptoms of Coronavirus disease and believes they could either have the illness or have been exposed, they should implement the following safety measures in order to protect themselves and others from the spread of the disease:

  • Stay at home and avoid public areas/transportation.
  • Engage in social distancing, stay away from others as well as crowded areas, and limit contact with pets and animals. 
  • Call ahead before going to see your doctor.
  • Wear a face mask if you are sick or in a position to care for others.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow, wash your hands immediately, and dispose of any used tissues.
  • Clean your hands with soap and water in addition to frequently using hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Do not share household items with others. This can include dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, bedding, and more.
  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathrooms, etc., every day.
  • Monitor your symptoms and call a doctor if they begin to become more severe.