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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Mar 18, 2020

COVID-19 has three common symptoms that – along with travel history – healthcare professionals use to evaluate a person's risk for COVID-19. However, the virus can also be asymptomatic and still infect others.

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COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that spreads person to person.  Symptoms have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. The following symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you are experiencing these symptoms, St. Joseph’s/Candler recommends you call our virtual team of physicians through Smart Care 24/7. Our team of board-certified doctors and nurse practitioners provide consultation, diagnosis and treatment for minor illnesses through video chat or over the phone 24/7 without an appointment.

If you are experiencing emergency warning signs for COVID-19, including difficulty breathing, pressure or pain in the chest or bluish lips or face, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

People are thought to be most contagious when they are the sickest, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. However, there also are indications this virus can spread before someone shows or even has any symptoms.

COVID-19 also is asymptomatic, meaning someone could have the virus but not have any symptoms. The person can still spread the virus.

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