What are the symptoms of COVID-19? People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
How do I get tested?
- You can visit your state or local health department’s website to look for the latest local information on testing.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your healthcare provider first.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and choose to not get tested, it is important to stay home. Find out what to do if you are sick.
CDC has guidance for who should be tested, but decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians.
Should I get tested before I travel? Testing before and after travel can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when paired with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at destinations.
- Get tested 1-3 days before your flight.
- Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
- Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
- If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.
- Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.
- Delay your travel if you are waiting for test results.
Travelers with a known exposure to COVID-19 should delay travel, quarantine themselves from other people, get tested, and monitor their health. Do not travel if your test result is positive; immediately isolate yourself, and follow public health recommendations.
How can I help protect myself? People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.
- Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you.
- Avoid crowds.
- Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
How should I engage in social distancing and why is it six feet apart? The answer is that droplets from the average cough don’t go past six feet, nor does water vapor or breathing. Six feet is a good number but 12 feet would be better since the virus doesn’t jump past this. This virus is very contagious.
What do I do to protect my family if I get the virus? Separate yourself from other people. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a mask.
How soon can I go out after I recover from COVID-19? You should wait at least a week after symptom onsets and then wait another 72 hours without fever. After that you can probably return to society. It’s seven days for you but 14 days for everyone in your family. If you get COVID-19, usually you feel horrible for three to five days but then you slowly start to recover It can take up to 10 days to two weeks and two weeks minimum before you feel back to your normal self. It’s a very slow recovery and the fatigue lasts for a prolonged period of time.