Symptoms and Care

Based on CDC recommendation, the following is a list of symptoms that can be associated with COVID-19. One or more of these symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure, with the average being 5 days. 

  • Fever (100◦F or higher)
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath/chest tightness (for those under 12 – increased work of breathing)
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Severe fatigue/exhaustion
  • Muscle pain

For children under 12, symptoms may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Poor feeding/appetite
  • Plus at least one respiratory symptom

If you have traveled to a country with a known outbreak, were in contact with an individual who has tested positive or are experiencing mild symptoms, UW Health recommends:

  • Stay home and limit contact with others
  • Isolate at home (Learn about self-isolation)
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizing gel
  • Cover your cough with your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
  • Do not go to work, school or public areas
  • Avoid public transportation
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects (cellphones, remote control)
  • Do not travel
  • Do not share personal items (dishes, towels, bedding)
  • Wear a cloth facemask if you need to be around others
  • Practice self-care

Monitor Your Symptoms

If your symptoms are getting worse, contact your healthcare provider via phone, MyChart or CareAnywhere for a video visit. Do NOT go to the hospital unless it is an emergency. If you experience severe respiratory symptoms, call 911.

UW Health is currently unable to test any asymptomatic patients.

Recent studies have shown that many individuals with COVID-19 can transmit the virus without showing any symptoms through speaking, coughing or sneezing. While the most critical step to stopping the spread of the virus is still physical distancing, good hygiene and hand washing with soap and water, wearing a face covering in essential public settings (grocery store, pharmacy) can provide an extra layer of protection.

For more information on the use of masks and how to prevent illness, please see the CDC guidelines.


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