Coronavirus Disease 2019

Learn About Symptoms & What To Do If You Are Sick

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IMPORTANT: This guidance is for people who have symptoms which they are concerned may be due to COVID-19. If your doctor thinks that you have COVID-19 - or - you have a positive test for COVID-19, you need to be in isolation and follow the Home Isolation Instructions closely.
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Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Older adults and people who have underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.

If you have a fever with cough or shortness of breath, you are presumed to have COVID-19. Let your doctor know and get a test for COVID-19. To protect others, stay home, wear a facemask when you seek medical care, and follow the Home Isolation Instructions.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Congestion or Runny Nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list does not include all possible symptoms of COVID-19.
Some people with COVID-19 never get symptoms

  • If you have a fever with cough or shortness of breath, you are presumed to have COVID-19. You should let your doctor know and get tested for COVID-19. Make sure you wear a face covering when you get tested and follow the Home Isolation Instructions.
  • If you develop any of the other symptoms listed above, or any symptoms that are not on the list that concern you, talk with your doctor. If you are 65 years and older or have a health problem such as a chronic disease or a weak immune system, it is particularly important to let your doctor know that you have these new symptoms.
  • Make a note of the day when your symptoms first started and monitor your health.
  • Seek prompt medical care if your symptoms get worse. If they are life-threatening, call 911.
Call 911 if there are emergency warning signs

If your doctor tells you that they think that you have COVID-19, or if your test is positive for COVID-19, or you have a fever and cough or shortness of breath you should:

It is very important to follow these instructions to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and your community.
  • If you need help finding a doctor, call the Los Angeles County Information line 2-1-1, which is available 24/7.
  • To get a test for COVID-19, call your doctor or visit, or call 2-1-1. For more information about COVID-19 tests, click here.
Mental Health
  • This is a worrying and stressful time. Tips to help cope are available here, and mental health and other resources are available by visiting or by calling 2-1-1.
  • If you need to speak with someone about your mental health, contact your doctor or the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Access Center 24/7 Helpline at (800) 854-7771, or call 2-1-1.
Updated 7-22-20

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