If you have these symptoms, you should call your local hospital, urgent care center or personal physician right away for guidance.  Do NOT go to the Emergency Room without calling first.

Call 911 for severe shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Do not wait for the results of a COVI-19 test to call 911.

Call a health care provider for shortness of breath or other serious symptoms. Continue to self-isolate if symptoms are becoming more severe.

For people with mild symptoms:

  • Early on, symptoms may feel like a common cold, including a combination of cough, body aches, fatigue, and chest tightness.
  • People who are not at high risk of severe illness may not need to be evaluated in-person or tested for COVID-19. Not everyone with symptoms or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 will be tested right away.
  • If you have mild symptoms including a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or suspect that you were exposed but are not able to be immediately tested, please stay home and avoid contact with others. Isolate yourself until:
    • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that’s 3 days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
    • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
    • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
  • Use over-the-counter medication to treat mild symptoms. There is currently no specific treatment for COVID-19.


This information is for educational purposes only and should not be a substitute for professional health care.  If you think you may be infected, contact your physician or call 2-1-1, or if it has become a medical emergency situation then call 9-1-1.

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