COVID-19 Symptoms

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Primary symptoms of the virus include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

In 80% of patients, COVID-19 causes only mild cold symptoms. The elderly, and those with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be more vulnerable to the virus. People at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 should contact their health care provider early, even if their illness is mild.

Are there any tools available that can help me evaluate my symptoms?

Yes, Banner Health has a digital triage tool that can help you evaluate your symptoms and recommend treatment options. Check out our symptom checker.

Is COVID-19 contagious?

Yes. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. You can significantly reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 by frequently washing your hands.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus is spread mainly through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

It is also possible for someone to get COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface or object, and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.

Is there a cure for COVID-19?

It is important to know that care for those with COVID-19 is similar to that of other viruses. Roughly 80% of individuals who contract COVID-19 can provide self-care at home while in isolation. For those who need to be hospitalized, your doctor would provide you with supportive care to manage your symptoms and monitor your vitals, but there is no drug or treatment that will cure COVID-19.