Symptoms of COVID-19 Infection


You're not feeling well. You're worried you may be infected with the COVID-19 virus. But what are the signs? Here's what to look for.

Common symptoms

For most people, COVID-19 causes fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some also have aches and pains, a stuffy nose, a sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms show up within a few days or weeks after you get the virus. At the beginning, symptoms are usually mild. But they can gradually get worse.

Serious symptoms

For some, the infection becomes very serious. It can make it hard for you to breathe. You may have to be hospitalized. A serious infection can be fatal, especially for older people and for those with some health problems. So if you have trouble breathing, get medical help.


It's important to note that not everyone who gets the virus feels bad. Some have no symptoms at all, and don't even know they’ve been infected. These people may still be able to spread the virus to others. For more information, talk to your doctor.