Symptoms

Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever (100.4 °F or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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Symptoms may start 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. This list does not include all possible symptoms.

Check your symptoms with CDC's Self-Checker Tool.

If you have symptoms, even if mild, you should get tested. Even if you are vaccinated or had COVID-19 in the past, get tested. Your provider can test you at their office, or you can go to a testing site. Stay home and away from other people while you wait for your results. Learn what to do if you are sick.

If you don’t have a health care provider, call 2-1-1 to connect to care or contact the nearest federally qualified health center(link is external)or one of Vermont's free & referral clinics.

Get medical care immediately if you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or changes in color on your lips, gums, face, around the eyes, or nails.

Not everyone with COVID-19 has a fever. Even mild symptoms (like a headache or dry cough) could be signs of COVID-19. 

Not everyone infected with the COVID-19 virus has symptoms. People with COVID-19 who don't have any symptoms can spread the virus to other people. Learn how to protect yourself and others.