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The Health Department recommends getting tested if you develop symptoms at any time. People with COVID-19 may have a wide range of symptoms, including no symptoms at all, mild or moderate symptoms, or needing medical attention for severe illness. Even people with no symptoms can spread the virus to others.
Symptoms can start 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus and might include:
- Fever (100.4 °F or higher)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience long-term effects, also known as long COVID, long-haul COVID or post-acute COVID. Learn more from the CDC about the long-term effects of COVID. You can also find help through the UVM Health Network's COVID-19 Recovery Program.
If You Test Positive for COVID-19
If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate as soon as you receive your test result – even if you are vaccinated or never have symptoms. Isolation means staying home and away from other people for at least 5 days from the date of your positive test or the start of your symptoms, whichever is earlier.
You can end isolation after day 5 if your symptoms have improved AND you have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers. This guidance does not apply to health care workers. Please check with your employer, school or childcare program to learn about their return from isolation policies.
If you are not able to isolate because of financial, care giving or other reasons, you can still lower the risk of getting other people sick by:
- Wearing a well-fitting, high-quality mask, or a disposable mask under a cloth mask.
- Limiting close contact with other people as much as possible.
- Washing your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.
- Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces as much as possible.