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. As of February 2023, there have been more than 674 million cases worldwide and about 103 million cases in the United States.
For the most up-to-date information from UCLA Health, please visit our coronavirus site.
Some other trusted resources: LA County Department of Public Health | CDC Coronavirus Information | WHO (World Health Organization) COVID-19 Report
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.
If you need a primary care doctor, please call 800- 825-2631 or visit the Primary Care site.
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.
If you are not a UCLA Health patient, LA City and LA County offers COVID-19 tests in many locations.
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FAQ: COVID-19 Symptoms
Below are frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 symptoms. Click on another category to the left to see more FAQs.
For more information on coronavirus, visit uclahealth.org/coronavirus.