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People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms. For example:

  • Cough
  • Fever or chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Symptoms also vary based on the variant or strain of COVID. They usually occur within 2-14 days of being exposed to the virus, although more recent variants have been spreading more easily and quickly

Many people don’t experience any symptoms of COVID and, therefore, don’t know they are infected and could pass it on to others.

The concern, of course, is that those who don't have symptoms can unknowingly pass the disease on to other people, especially those who could get very ill.

How Serious Is the Infection? 

Based on what we know today, most people will have mild or moderate symptoms. This means they can usually recover at home while isolating themselves from the rest of the household. 

But for some people, the virus can be more serious. Severe illness from COVID-19 means that you are admitted to the hospital, need intensive care, or require help from a device to breathe.

Complications are more common in older adults and those with existing health conditions, including heart disease.

  • Last Edited 06/06/2022