Emergency Warning Signs

Know the emergency warning signs

Seek emergency medical care immediately if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • 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 
This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider or seek medical attention if you are concerned about your health.        

Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html​                                   

Emergency warning signs of respiratory virus complications can be different in children. Seek immediate medical care for any of the following:                                                                                 

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing                                                                                                                          ​​
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Ribs that pull in with each breath
  • Chest pain
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Dehydration (no urine for 8 hours, dry mouth, no tears when crying)
  • Lack of alertness or interaction when awake
  • Seizures
  • Fever above 104 degrees Fahrenheit that is not controlled by fever-reducing medicine
  • In children younger than 12 weeks, any fever
  • Fever or cough that improves but then returns or worsens​

​Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html​​  

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) and COVID-19

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. We do not yet know what causes MIS-C. However, we know that many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19. MIS-C can be serious, even deadly, but medical care is available.

Learn more: ​https://www.cdc.gov/mis/mis-c.html


Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of health problems people can experience four or more weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Even people who did not have COVID-19 symptoms at first can have post-COVID conditions, or “long COVID.” Long COVID can include different types of health problems for different lengths of time.