Familiarizing yourself with the symptoms of COVID-19 is an important part of stopping the spread.¬†If you suspect you or someone you’re caring for may be infected, reach out to your healthcare professional for guidance and next steps.

Here are symptoms to watch out:

– Cough
– Shortness of breath
– Fever
– Chills
– Muscle pain
– Sore throat
– New loss of taste or smell

Other symptoms are possible, though they are reported less often. These symptoms include:

– Nausea
– Diarrhea

These symptoms typically appear between 2-14 days after exposure. The symptoms often range from mild to severe. If these symptoms appear, call your healthcare profession for guidance on what to do. Older adults and individuals with underlying conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes could be at a higher risk, so medical advice in these cases is vital.

If you or someone you’re caring for exhibits any of the following symptoms, seek immediate emergency medical care by calling 911 or going to your local emergency facility:

– Difficulty breathing
– Persistent chest pain or pressure
– New confusion
– Inability to wake or stay awake
– Bluish lips or face

As this is a new virus, more information is being gathered all the time. Anyone experiencing symptoms that are severe or concerning, even ones not listed above, should consult a doctor.

Keep washing your hands, continue social distancing, and stay safe!