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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 have experienced, in the last 14 days, 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 is suspected positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please call your health provider’s office.

Prevent COVID-19 Infection

California is now fully open, with some exceptions for mask wearing and large events. According to the California Department of Public Health, you can protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 by doing the following:

  • Get Vaccinated – It’s Safe, Effective, and Free
    All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in California have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing serious illness from COVID-19. Vaccination will protect you and those you love. Californians ages 12+ are now eligible for vaccination. To get vaccinated call (833) 422-4255 or visit myturn.
  • Wear Masks When Required
    Follow CDC and state masking guidelines. Everyone must wear masks on public transportation (airports, planes, trains, buses, and stations). Masks are also required for everyone in certain settings (like hospitals and shelters). If you’re fully vaccinated* you may go unmasked in most settings (except on public transportation and some other places).** People who are not fully vaccinated must still wear masks in all indoor public settings (such as, but not limited to, the grocery store and the movie theatre) and should wear masks in outdoor crowded settings (like concerts or festivals or similar settings) when that region is experiencing high COVID transmission.
  • 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.