Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Currently, the CDC lists the following signs and symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Fever or chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

The incubation period (the time between being exposed and developing symptoms) is 2 to 14 days, with about 50% of people showing symptoms around day 5.