COVID-19 Signs & Symptoms
- Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms, and some people may not have any symptoms.
- Even after recovering from COVID-19, some people may have lingering symptoms such as fatigue, cough, or joint pain. The long-term health effects are still unknown but there may be permanent damage to the heart, lungs, or other organs. This is more likely in those who had more severe illness but may also be possible even in those who had mild illness.
- Talk to your health care provider if you have questions or concerns about symptoms.
COVID-19 What to Do If You Are Sick
- Stay home if you are sick
- If you are older or have certain underlying medical conditions, it is helpful to let your health care provider know you are sick. They may have specific advice for you.
- Seek medical care right away if your symptoms get worse or you have difficulty breathing. Before going to the doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do. Some people with COVID-19 have worsened during the second week of illness.
What to Do if You have COVID-19?
When to Get Tested
- If you have any symptoms, get tested for COVID-19. Talk to your health care provider if you want more information.
- If you have been in a high-risk situation, get tested for COVID-19. High-risk situations include:
- Knowing you were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. In general, being a close contact means you have spent 15 minutes or more within about 6 feet of a person who has COVID-19 throughout a 24-hour period.
- If you think you may have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 but aren't sure, get tested.
- Large group gatherings, especially with limited social distancing and/or few people wearing masks.
- If you do not have symptoms, it is best to get tested at least 5 days after the last time you were close to the person with COVID-19. If you get tested too soon, the test may not be able to detect the virus. Talk to your health care provider to get more advice on when to get tested.
For more information on COVID-19 testing, including testing locations, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health Here.