The most common early symptoms are:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Two new symptoms: Loss of smell and Altered sense of taste
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Less frequently reported symptoms include nausea and vomiting, stuffy nose and diarrhea.
When should you see a doctor?
First things first: Call your doctor or use telemedicine before you visit their office. Don’t go straight to a doctor’s office or emergency room, where you could unnecessarily expose other people.
Seek medical attention if you have fever, fatigue, cough or shortness of breath and are over the age of 60 or have underlying medical problems, Azar stressed. Anyone with shortness of breath, fever above 104 degrees, chest pain, intractable vomiting or diarrhea should seek medical attention.
But if you have mild, cold or flu-like symptoms, there’s no need to see a doctor.
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