Know the Symptoms and Take Precautions

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Last updated November 25, 2020, 10:55 am.


Please note: If you think you’re having a medical emergency, call 911 right away. Don’t delay. Chest pain, difficulty breathing, or any serious medical problem should be treated right away. Emergency medical professionals are available to treat you safely.

People with COVID-19 experience a wide range of symptoms, and health experts are learning more about symptoms every day. Symptoms include: 

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • chills
  • headache
  • body aches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • sudden loss of smell or taste 

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or you feel you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, don’t panic. Stay home, self-isolate, and call your doctor or a test site for an appointment (see below).

Please do not go to a doctor’s office or emergency department without calling ahead. 

Please do not wait for a test or for your results to isolate yourself. If you feel sick enough to be concerned about COVID, please stay home and isolate yourself from others right away.

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A Note about Children

Health officials are monitoring a rare but serious illness in children and adolescents (under age 21) called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). 

Parents should know the symptoms and seek care right away if they notice those symptoms in their child. Health care providers must report any patient who meets the case definition to their state or local health department. 

This is an evolving situation, and researchers are learning more every day. Please check the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

Information for parents:

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