Symptoms and Risk Factors
Symptoms are often very similar to other respiratory infections, such as influenza. Symptoms of COVID-19 usually appear within 5 days of exposure, but may be as long as 14 days after exposure. Common symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, fever or chills, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and a new loss of taste or smell.
Most people will experience mild disease that will resolve with time. Those at risk for serious disease are usually people who are age 65 or older, or have other medical conditions such as chronic lung disease, heart disease, liver disease or kidney disease.