People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses):
*This list does not include all possible symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this list as more is learned about COVID-19.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately.
*This list does not include all possible symptoms. Consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has, or may have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
For more information on how to care for yourself and protect other people in your home and community, visit the CDC website.
Here is some information that might help in making decisions about seeking care or testing.
For additional steps to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community, visit the CDC website.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, try calling your state or local health department or a medical provider. While supplies of these tests are increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.
Following simple steps can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact on our communities.
Unless you are going out to seek medical attention, stay at home if you are feeling sick, especially if you have symptoms of fever or cough.
Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. If your hands are visibly dirty, then make sure to use soap and running water since sanitizing products will not remove the dirt.
Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.
Everyone can pitch in by practicing routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks) with household cleaners. Use EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface and follow the label instructions.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, use your elbow.
People with seasonal influenza will exhibit similar signs and symptoms as COVID-19 (fever and cough). If more people are protected against influenza, this will reduce confusion and the burden on our healthcare system.
Resources for information above: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Hawaii State Department of Health.
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