Symptoms of Coronavirus 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. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

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

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

If You Are Sick

CDC Website

(Updated 12/4/2023)

Kids and COVID final

“Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19.” 

Recently, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported as possibly linked with a pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome disease called “Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19.” This syndrome has features which overlap with Kawasaki Disease and Toxic Shock Syndrome. 

There are symptoms that parents can be looking for. Whether your child has or has not been diagnosed with COVID-19,  contact your child’s healthcare provider for the following symptoms: 

  • Fever lasting five days or more
  • Difficulty feeding (infants) or is too sick to drink fluids
  • Severe abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
  • Change in skin color - becoming pale, patchy and/or blue
  • Trouble breathing or is breathing very quickly
  • Racing heart or chest pain
  • Decreased urination, less wet diapers
  • Hard to wake, crying a lot or confused

New York State Department of Health is investigating several cases of severe illness in children and child deaths that may be related to COVID-19. There is much to learn about Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19. Ontario County will continue to  update the public as we learn more. 

New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 

(Updated 9/26/2022)