What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after a person is exposed to the virus. The most common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Other symptoms may include:

  • Tiredness
  • Body or muscle aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Flu-like symptoms

Cases of COVID-19 range from mild to severe. Most people have reported mild symptoms and, in some cases, don’t have any symptoms. More severe and fatal cases have been seen in older adults and those with weakened immune systems or underlying health issues (such as lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, kidney or liver disease, cancer, transplant, and AIDS). Recent data suggests that young adults may also be severely impacted. However, serious disease can also occur in younger adults.