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Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms, regardless of age or existing medical conditions.

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A wide range of symptoms have been reported in people with COVID-19, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and some who have the virus may be asymptomatic, meaning they have no symptoms. 


Commonly Reported Symptoms*

  •  Cough                    
  •  Muscle Pain
Muscle Pain 
  •  Fever
  • Shaking with Chills
 Shaking With Chills
  •  Headache
  • Loss of Taste/Smell
 Loss of Taste Smell
  •  Chills
  • Shortness of Breath
 Shortness of Breath
  •  Diarrhea                                       
  • Abdominal Pain with Unknown Cause
 Abdominal Pain unknown cause
  • Vomiting
  • Sore Throat
 Sore Throat
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion/Runny Nose
 Congestion Runny Nose

*This list does not include all possible symptoms. 


When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

If someone is showing any of these signs*, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms.  Call your medical provider for any symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.


Additional COVID-19 Symptom Resources:

CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus

WCHD COVID-19 Symptoms Poster


For general questions about COVID-19, please call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-3931 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.