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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing– similar to other respiratory viruses. Other symptoms of COVID-19 also include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pains, headache, and sore throat. People who are household contacts, caregivers or in close proximity to someone who has confirmed or possible COVID-19 infection are at highest risk of getting COVID-19. Hand hygiene and social distancing are our best weapons agains COVID-19, as there is currently no vaccine or medication to treat it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about symptoms received on our COVID-19 hotline (708-633-3319) and email.

What should I do if I have symptoms?

If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath but have not been around anyone with diagnosed COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent your infection from spreading to people in your home and community. Other symptoms of COVID-19 include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, and sore throat.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Abdominal pain and diarrhea are also possible symptoms of COVID-19.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, call 9-1-1 and get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. 

When should I call my doctor?

Use the CDC Self-Checker Tool to help you make decisions about seeking care. You should consult with your doctor if you have:

  • Fever, cough, trouble breathing, or flu-like symptoms such as chills, sore throat, or headache that are not better or are worsening after 24-48 hours.
  • Mild symptoms and are pregnant or immunosuppressed or are an older adult have chronic health conditions.

How long do I need to stay home if I’ve been sick?

Stay home for at least 7 days after you first became ill, and 72 hours after your fever has resolved and symptoms are improving. 


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