Symptoms Updated 04/26/2020

UPDATED 04/26/2020         Source: CDC

Watch for symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

A new symptom of coronavirus: Updated : 03/30/2020

Sudden loss of smell or taste…

A loss of a sense of smell or taste may be a symptom of COVID-19, medical groups representing ear, nose and throat specialists have warned.

Citing a growing number of cases around the globe, the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and ENT UK each issued warnings about patients who tested positive for the new coronavirus with the only symptom being a lost or altered sense of smell or taste. 

"Anecdotal evidence is rapidly accumulating from sites around the world that anosmia and dysgeusia are significant symptoms associated with the COVID-19 pandemic," the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery wrote in a statement.

Anosmia is the loss of smell while dysgeusia is an altered sense of taste.

South Korea, China and Italy have all reported "significant numbers" of known COVID-19 patients with lost or reduced sense of smell, according to joint statement by Claire Hopkins, president of the British Rhinological Society, and Nirmal Kumar, president of ENT UK.



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Posted by Johnny Kell, RN, CSN, School Nurse NHUHSD on 03/30/2020

Self reporting symptoms is our best way to combat the spread of the virus. We are strictly enforcing our illness protocol that students and staff stay home if they feel sick and if they have a fever they should remain at home until 24 hours after their fever is gone without the use of over-the-counter medication fever-reducers.  

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19
*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.
Los síntomas de autoinforme son nuestra mejor manera de combatir la propagación del virus. Estamos aplicando estrictamente nuestro protocolo de enfermedad para que los estudiantes y el personal se queden en casa si se sienten enfermos y si tienen fiebre, deben permanecer en casa hasta 24 horas después de que la fiebre haya desaparecido sin el uso de medicamentos de venta libre para reducir la fiebre.
En los casos confirmados de la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), las enfermedades reportadas han variado de tener síntomas leves a enfermedades graves, y hasta produjeron muertes. Los síntomas pueden incluir:
  • Fiebre
  • Tos
  • Dificultad para respirar
Los CDC creen, en este momento, que los síntomas del COVID-19 podrían aparecer en tan solo 2 días o hasta 14 días después de la exposición. Esto se basa en lo que se ha observado previamente como el periodo de incubación del virus del MERS-CoV (en inglés).