COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID‑19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Individuals experiencing these symptoms or combination of symptoms may have COVID‑19:

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Cover Coughs

Cough

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Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


Or at least two of the symptoms below:

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Fever

Fever

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Chills

Chills

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Repeated shaking with chills

Repeated shaking with chills

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Muscle Pain

Muscle pain

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Headache

Headache

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Sore Throat

Sore throat

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New loss of taste or smell

New loss of taste or smell

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Diarrhea

Diarrhea


This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

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When Should I Seek Emergency Care?

Immediate medical attention is required if you experience emergency warning signs for COVID-19. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Unusual lethargy and disorientation
  • Bluish lips or face

If you are experiencing any other symptoms that are concerning or severe, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. Additional help and information is available by calling our 24/7 COVID-19 Hotline: 1-844-444-CV19 (1-844-444-2819).

How can I get tested for COVID-19?

Testing is limited at this time. This is a new virus, so a new test had to be developed, and testing kits are not as widely available as we’d like. If a doctor determines that a test for COVID-19 is needed, it will be sent to a laboratory that is able to perform testing for COVID-19.

Remember, a test is not a treatment or a cure. If you have symptoms, stay home and maintain your distance from others. Double-down on hand washing and cleaning surfaces you frequently touch. Workers in essential businesses who have symptoms may be required to stay home for a week or two and self-isolate, but not necessarily tested at this time.

In advance of getting tested in person, we recommend using our Montefiore COVID-19 Check. Click or tap the chat icon at the bottom right-hand corner of your mobile device or browser window for a quick COVID-19 assessment.

Should I self-quarantine while I wait for my results?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, including if you plan to be tested or are waiting for your results, you should self-quarantine. Even if your results are negative, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and your doctor feels it is likely you have the disease, you should continue to self-quarantine for 7 days after the start of your symptoms, 72 hours after your fever resolves without fever-reducing medicines, and until your symptoms are significantly improved, whichever is longest.

COVID-19: Symptoms

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Fever, sore throat, shortness of breath? Dr. Theresa Madaline, Infectious Disease Specialist and Epidemiologist at Montefiore explains.

COVID-19 Symptoms
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Theresa Madaline, MD:

The symptoms range broadly. Some people have very mild or minimal symptoms and other people have more severe disease. Here in New York at Montefiore over the last few weeks, we treated a lot of patients with COVID-19. And our patients tell us that in the beginning their symptoms are sometimes vague, so things like feeling very tired, having muscle aches. Some people report losing their sense of taste and smell, and others report a sore throat early on in their illness.

As things progress, some people will get a fever or a cough. A lot of people feel short of breath and some people actually get a stomach upset partway through their illness. For those people who are going to have a more severe course, that tends to happen around the one week mark. And so I do recommend that for those who think they have COVID-19 or know that they have COVID-19 to pay extra attention to your symptoms around that time. And if you have any concerns, then you should contact your healthcare provider to make sure that you don't need to go to a hospital.

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Trusted Information Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The leading national public health institute of the United States
 

NY.gov

For the latest COVID-19 guidelines and information from New York State 

World Health Organization

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