What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an illness caused by a virus spreading around the world and in our local communities. People with COVID-19 can have a range of symptoms, from mild sickness to serious illness that needs hospital treatment, or worse. Each person’s body reacts differently to the virus. Some otherwise healthy people can get very sick from the virus, with symptoms lasting months (called "long COVID"). COVID-19 disease can have long-term health consequences, even for those with mild cases.
People with COVID-19 can have a variety of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Loss of smell/taste
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. Consult a healthcare provider if your symptoms worsen or you have questions.