People with COVID-19 report a wide range of symptoms, from mild to severe illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the following signs and symptoms:
Anyone with symptoms should be tested. In general, you do not need a test if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.
Use the CDC Self-Checker to guide you to make a decision and seek appropriate medical care.
The CDC recommends testing for anyone in close contact with someone who is infected.
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. For the most up-to-date information, visit the CDC’s website.
Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
Take care of yourself.
Rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
Stay in touch with your medical provider.
Call ahead before you seek medical care. Be sure to see a doctor right away if you have trouble breathing, have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
Avoid public transportation.
If sick you should avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis. Using public transportation when sick increase your chances of spreading COVID-19.
Avoid close contact with other people and animals.
As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering. Wash your hands before and after contact with your pets.
What is self-quarantine?
Self-quarantine is separating yourself from others if you have been exposed to COVID-19 (coronavirus), but have no symptoms. This helps prevent the spread of the virus. A voluntary quarantine is recommended for people who are returning from affected areas or who have been exposed to COVID-19.
What is self-isolation?
Self-isolation is the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with COVID-19 with or without a positive test. Isolation may be voluntary or compelled by a public health order.