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COVID-19 Symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 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. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

COVID-19 can cause more severe respiratory illness. If you have any of the emergency warning signs listed below, you should seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms

If you're experiencing COVID symptoms (fever or chills/rigors/shaking, muscle or body aches or pain, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose) OR if you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please call your primary care provider's office for guidance and symptomatic testing.

Prevent COVID-19 Infection

  • Get Vaccinated – It’s Safe, Effective, and Free
    All COVID-19 vaccines currently available have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing serious illness from COVID-19. Vaccination will protect you and those you love. Learn more about local vaccination opportunities.
  • Wear a Mask
    To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public, even if you are fully* vaccinated, if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
    Wearing a mask is most important if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. If this applies to you or your household, you might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area.
  • Stay Home and Get Tested If You're Sick
    Stay home if you’re feeling sick, and get tested for COVID-19 even if you've been vaccinated. Everyone can spread germs to others when they have symptoms.
  • Sign Up for CA Notify
    If you have a smartphone, sign up for CA Notify, California’s exposure notification system. If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, you’ll get an alert and additional information on testing and next steps.
  • Ventilate Indoor Spaces
    COVID-19 risk is highest when an infected person spends time with others indoors in spaces with limited fresh air and ventilation. Reduce COVID-19 risk by keeping windows and doors open when possible, and also by keeping HVAC systems running as much as possible.

* Someone is considered fully vaccinated two weeks or more after their second dose of Pfizer/Moderna or two weeks after receiving the single dose J&J vaccine.
** Local health jurisdictions may impose stricter criteria. In workplaces, employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) or in some workplaces the CalOSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Standard, and should consult those regulations for additional applicable requirements.