Below are resources from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. They detail the most common symptoms of COVID-19, ways to limit the spread, which includes wearing a facial covering when around people not in your household and the symptoms associated with the virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby
May be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Information suggests that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Wear a facial covering when out in public
The more closely a person interacts with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk.
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:
Fever or chills
Cough and fatigue
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms.
The CDC will continue to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19.