FAQ: COVID-19 Symptoms
COVID-19 stands for “coronavirus disease 2019.” It is a respiratory virus that has the potential to cause severe illness and death. It was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Fever, cough, shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing.
Other symptoms can include:
Fatigue, body aches, runny nose and sore throat.
More symptoms to be aware of include
Chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache and new loss of taste or smell
For complete list, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 symptoms page.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are generally similar in children and adults. Children with COVID-19 have generally presented with milder symptoms, a milder clinical course and faster recovery. Symptoms mimic many common respiratory illnesses in children, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported more commonly in children.
If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, follow these steps:
- Contact your doctor.
- Keep track of your symptoms.
- If you are experience emergency warning signs, including trouble breathing, get emergency medical care immediately or call 911.
Steps for COVID-19 testing:
- Call your primary care physician toset up a video visit.
- Discuss your symptoms or exposures with the physician during this visit. Your physician will determine if you require a test order or recommend another plan of care.
- If a test is ordered, the physician will provide information on how to schedule the test.
- Visit your testing site at your scheduled time and complete the test.
- Test results available on myuclahealth.org within 24 hours.
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