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What Are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?

Symptoms can vary widely in different individuals, with a number of variables seemingly at play, including age and underlying health issues.

Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause respiratory tract infections, and include some cases of the common cold, SARS, MERS, and COVID-19, discovered in 2019. COVID-19 is the illness caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It has been labeled a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, with millions of reported cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Symptoms can vary widely in different individuals, with a number of variables seemingly at play, including age and underlying health issues. They may appear two to 14 days after exposure. Some people exposed to the virus never show any symptoms, while others can develop deathly pneumonia.

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The most common signs and symptoms that an individual may have COVID-19 include:

  • Cough (dry, not “productive,” meaning not producing phlegm)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever

Other symptoms may include:

  • Chills (which may cause shaking)
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pains
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste and/or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

This is not an exhaustive list, as individuals may respond differently to the illness and medical experts are still working to better understand COVID-19 and how it affects the body. If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact your doctor or health clinic right away.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges anyone experiencing the following emergency warning signs to contact 911 immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

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