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COVID-19 Symptoms

The novel coronavirus has impacted the way we live, the way we work or go to school. Some of the information has probably been confusing, scary and at times, contradictory.

WATCH: Your basic guide to novel coronavirus, in under 5 minutes

What Are The Symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Illness can range from mild symptoms to severe illness. According to the World Health Organization, some reports show that coronavirus can be spread by people not showing symptoms.

Source: CDC

If I feel sick, what do I do?

If you have symptoms or believe you have or were exposed to coronavirus, do not leave your home unless it is to receive medical care, and stay isolated at home. Avoid public areas, and remain isolated from other people and pets, even those you live with, whenever possible. Track your symptoms, and if you experience any emergency warning signs, such as difficulty breathing, call 911. See below for more information on how and where to get tested to confirm whether you have the virus.

Source: CDC

How long is someone carrying the virus contagious?

The exact amount of time someone infected with coronavirus is contagious is not known.

Here are the latest guidelines from the CDC on how long you should isolate and take other precautions if you test positive for COVID-19.

Here’s how to self quarantine at home.

Source: CDC

What can I expect if I’m diagnosed?

What’s the best case scenario? The majority of infected people in countries with widespread outbreak have had mild to moderate illness similar to that of a bad cold or the flu. Most have recovered without medical attention.

Source: CDC

What’s the worst case scenario? Older adults, people with asthma, people with HIV, people who are pregnant or were recently pregnant, and those with disabilities or serious underlying medical conditions are more at-risk of hospitalization, complications, and death.

Source: CDC

Where can I get tested?

Connecticut's COVID-19 Response portal has an up to date list of locations conducting COVID-19 tests. Please note, a doctor's order is not required to receive a test from any of these sites, but many locations do require scheduling an appointment in advance.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Connecticut's Vaccine Portal provides a list of vaccine providers in your area, as well as other key details about getting vaccinated.

Will insurance cover a coronavirus test or vaccine?

The federal government is providing vaccines free of charge to all people living in the United States. According to the state of Connecticut, there may be a charge for coronavirus tests in certain scenarios. Get more details here.

I've been vaccinated - now what?

The CDC has compiled recommendations for those who have been vaccinated, including how best to protect yourself and others.

What is the recommended treatment for coronavirus?

According to the CDC, there is no known cure for coronavirus. Not all patients with COVID-19 require medical care. Hospitalized patients receive supportive care for complications, including respiratory failure, septic shock, and organ failure.

Source: CDC

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