Common signs of infection include fever (chills, sweating), cough (not related to chronic condition), shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (not related to chronic condition), muscle or body aches, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, or vomiting.
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death. Visit the CDC website for more information about symptoms.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- When you sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Aim for eight hours of sleep each night
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Many states, counties, cities and countries have issued “stay at home” or “social distancing” orders. To help protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19, it is important to follow these orders and limit the amount of time spent outside the home and around other people.