This guidance is for people who have symptoms which they are concerned may be due to COVID-19. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild 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. Some people with COVID-19 have no symptoms.
IMPORTANT: If you have symptoms of COVID-19 talk to a healthcare provider and get a test for COVID-19. You should stay home and protect others until you get the result of your COVID-19 test or until your provider tells you that you don’t have COVID-19.
If you test positive for COVID-19 or your doctor thinks that you have COVID-19, you must follow the Home Isolation Instructions closely.
If you test negative for COVID-19 or your provider tells you that you don’t have COVID-19, stay home until you have been fever-free without the help of fever-reducing medicines for at least 24 hours.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include: