Common Symptoms of COVID-19
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have experienced symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Some people who contract the virus may not develop any symptoms.
Anyone can experience COVID-19 symptoms in the mild-severe range; however, older people and people with underlying medical conditions (such as heart and/or lung disease) appear to be at a higher risk for developing more serious complications.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle / body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Serious Symptoms of COVID-19Serious or emergency warning signs of COVID-19 are indications that you must seek medical attention immediately. These signs include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in your chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
Learn more about symptoms from the CDC >
NOTE: This list is not all-inclusive. Contact your medical provider immediately if you experience any concerning or severe symptoms.
If You Experience SymptomsIf you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please call your primary health care provider for guidance. For your safety and the safety of others, please do not come to an urgent care clinic or emergency room unless you have been instructed to do so.
If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms such as difficulty breathing or pressure in the chest, please call 911.
If you come to any area of the hospital and are concerned that you may have COVID-19, or if you have a fever or cough, please wear a mask and go directly to the reception desk to speak to a staff member. Do not wait in the waiting room.
Mass General Brigham patients: Do you have questions about COVID-19?
Do you have general or specific questions about COVID-19? As a Mass General Brigham patient, if you have symptoms, you believe you may have been exposed or you are looking to learn more about COVID-19, you can contact the Mass General Brigham COVID-19 Nurse Line.
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