Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker

Overview

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a virus.

The virus can cause fever, cough, and trouble breathing. In severe cases, it can cause pneumonia and make it hard to breathe without help. It can cause death.

This virus spreads person-to-person through droplets from coughing, sneezing, breathing, and singing. It can also spread when you are close to someone who is infected.

The virus is diagnosed with a test that uses a swab of fluid from the nose or throat or sometimes saliva.

Most people who get sick from the virus can recover at home. Your doctor may have you take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for a fever. Treatment in the hospital for more serious cases includes support, such as help with breathing.

You can find the latest information from these sources:

  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Go to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov for updates about the disease and travel advice. The website also tells you ways to prevent the spread of infection.
  • World Health Organization (WHO). Go to the WHO website at www.who.int for information about the virus, including updates on the pandemic and for travel advice.

Check your symptoms to decide if and when you should see a doctor.

Check Your Symptoms

Are you concerned that you may have COVID-19?
Yes
Confirm COVID-19 concern
No
Deny COVID-19 concern
How old are you?
Less than 12 years
Less than 12 years
12 years or older
12 years or older
Are you male or female?
Male
Male
Female
Female

The medical assessment of symptoms is based on the body parts you have.

  • If you are transgender or nonbinary, choose the sex that matches the body parts (such as ovaries, testes, prostate, breasts, penis, or vagina) you now have in the area where you are having symptoms.
  • If your symptoms aren’t related to those organs, you can choose the gender you identify with.
  • If you have some organs of both sexes, you may need to go through this triage tool twice (once as "male" and once as "female"). This will make sure that the tool asks the right questions for you.
Yes
Confirm life-threatening symptoms
No
Deny life-threatening symptoms
Do you have serious symptoms, or are you worried that a child or teen has a serious inflammatory condition called MIS-C?
Yes
Confirm serious symptoms or MIS-C symptoms
No
Deny serious symptoms or MIS-C symptoms
Do any of these apply to you?
None of these.
Deny care resident and health care worker and public health notification
You live or work in a residential facility, such as a nursing home, an assisted living facility, or a correctional or detention facility.
Confirm residential facility
You have worked or volunteered in a health care setting in the last 2 weeks.
Confirm health care worker
You have been notified by your local public heath department about a possible exposure or test result.
Confirm notified by public health
Yes
Confirm symptoms of COVID-19
No
Deny symptoms of COVID-19
Is one of your symptoms mild trouble breathing?
Mild trouble breathing means you feel a little out of breath but can still talk or it's becoming hard to breathe with activity.
Yes
Confirm mild trouble breathing.
No
Deny mild trouble breathing.
Do you have any high risk health problems?
Certain health conditions and treatments may increase your risk for severe illness if you get COVID-19.
Yes
Confirm high risk health problems
No
Deny high risk health problems
In the past 2 weeks, have you been exposed to COVID-19?
You have had close contact with someone who has symptoms or a positive test for COVID-19.
Yes
Confirm exposure COVID-19
No
Deny exposure COVID-19

Many things can affect how your body responds to a symptom and what kind of care you may need. These include:

  • Your age. Babies and older adults tend to get sicker quicker.
  • Your overall health. If you have a condition such as diabetes, HIV, cancer, or heart disease, you may need to pay closer attention to certain symptoms and seek care sooner.
  • Medicines you take. Certain medicines, such as blood thinners (anticoagulants), medicines that suppress the immune system like steroids or chemotherapy, herbal remedies, or supplements can cause symptoms or make them worse.
  • Recent health events, such as surgery or injury. These kinds of events can cause symptoms afterwards or make them more serious.
  • Your health habits and lifestyle, such as eating and exercise habits, smoking, alcohol or drug use, sexual history, and travel.

Try Home Treatment

You have answered all the questions. Based on your answers, you may be able to take care of this problem at home.

  • Try home treatment to relieve the symptoms.
  • Call your doctor if symptoms get worse or you have any concerns (for example, if symptoms are not getting better as you would expect). You may need care sooner.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Mild trouble breathing.
  • Chills or repeated shaking with chills.
  • Muscle and body aches.
  • Headache.
  • Sore throat.
  • New loss of taste or smell.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Stuffy or runny nose.

Children and teens may also have a stomachache or belly pain and may not feel like eating.

Your risk of exposure to COVID-19 is based partly on who you have been in close contact with.

Close contact with people who have COVID-19 means:

  • You have been within 6 feet (2 meters) of them for a combined total of 15 minutes, and they were infected at that time.
    • Infected people can spread COVID-19 at least 48 hours (or 2 days) before they have any symptoms or have a test done that ends up being positive for COVID-19.
    • They can spread the virus for at least 10 days after they first have symptoms or have a test done.
  • You have taken care of someone who has COVID-19.
  • An infected person coughed or sneezed directly on you.

There are many high-risk health problems that can make a COVID-19 illness more serious. And as experts learn more about COVID-19, more health problems or conditions may be added to the list.

High-risk health problems may include:

  • Age.
    • Babies born premature or who are less than 1 year old may be at high risk.
    • The risk also increases with age. Older adults are at highest risk.
  • Asthma, cystic fibrosis, COPD, and other chronic lung disease.
  • Vaping or smoking or having a history of smoking.
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or high blood pressure.
  • HIV.
  • A weakened immune system or taking medicines (such as steroids) that suppress the immune system.
  • Cancer or getting treatment for cancer.
  • Neurologic conditions or diseases that involve the nerves and brain, such as a stroke, dementia, or cerebral palsy.
  • Being overweight (obesity).
  • Diabetes.
  • Chronic kidney disease.
  • Liver disease.
  • Substance use disorders.
  • Sickle cell disease.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Genetic, metabolic, or neurologic problems in children. This includes children who may have many health problems that affect many body systems. These problems may limit how well the child can do routine activities of daily life.
  • Down syndrome.

Serious symptoms may include:

  • Moderate trouble breathing. (You can't speak full sentences.)
  • Coughing up blood (more than about 1 teaspoon).
  • Signs of low blood pressure. These include feeling lightheaded; being too weak to stand; and having cold, pale, clammy skin.

Symptoms of MIS-C (multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children) may affect children and teens younger than 21 years old and may include:

  • Fever for 24 hours or longer.
  • Belly pain.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Neck pain.
  • Rash.
  • Red eyes.
  • Fatigue.

Emergency symptoms may include:

  • Severe trouble breathing. You can't talk at all. Young children may have flared nostrils and their belly moves in and out with every breath.
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin or lips.
  • Severe and constant pain or pressure in the chest.
  • Severe and constant dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • Acting confused (new or worsening).
  • Passing out (losing consciousness) or being very hard to wake up.
  • Slurred speech (new or worsening).
  • New seizures or seizures that won't stop.
  • Sunken eyes, refusing fluids, or not urinating much. (These are signs of dehydration.)

Contact occupational health or risk management at your facility

Based on your answers, you need to contact occupational health or risk management.

You may need information on how to self-isolate, take care of yourself, and monitor your symptoms.

Follow instructions

Based on your answers, you need to follow all instructions in the public health notification.

You may need information on how to self-isolate, take care of yourself, and monitor your symptoms.

Stay healthy

Based on your answers, your risk for COVID-19 is low at this time.

  • If you develop a fever, cough, or trouble breathing, answer the symptom checker questions again or call your doctor or a local health clinic. You may need care.

To protect yourself and others:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Wash your hands often, especially after you cough or sneeze. Use soap and water, and scrub for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.

If you live in group housing, such as a community shelter, be sure to follow instructions from the group housing staff. They can tell you how to stay safer in the shelter and how to keep others safe.

Be sure to follow all instructions from the CDC and your local health authorities. Until you are fully vaccinated, you need to take extra precautions.

Take precautions and monitor your symptoms

Take precautions and monitor your symptoms

Based on your answers:

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you should stay in the place where you live and separate yourself from others. Contact your doctor to see if you need COVID-19 testing and follow the instructions below.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and don't have symptoms, you don't need stay in the place where you live or separate yourself from others. If you get symptoms, separate yourself from others and contact your doctor to see if you need COVID-19 testing.

If you develop symptoms (these could include a fever, a cough, or trouble breathing), or if your symptoms become worse, answer the symptom checker questions again or call your doctor or a local health clinic. You may need care.

  • Stay where you live, and separate yourself from others, including those you live with. Do not leave unless you need medical care. Stay away from others until it's safe to be around them again.
    • If you have symptoms, it's safe when you haven't had a fever for 24 hours while not taking medicines to lower the fever and your symptoms have improved and it's been at least 10 days since your symptoms started.
    • If you tested positive but have no symptoms, you can end isolation after 10 days. But if you start to have symptoms, follow the recommendations above.
    • Talk to your doctor about whether you need testing, especially if you have a weakened immune system.
    • If you've been exposed to the virus but don't have symptoms, you may need to stay in quarantine for up to 14 days. In some cases, it may be shorter. Ask your doctor when it's safe to end your quarantine.
  • Wear a mask anytime you are around other people. Children younger than 2 years old do not need to wear a mask.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Follow all steps to prevent spread of the illness, such as washing your hands, cleaning surfaces, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.
  • If you have symptoms, then rest and drink plenty of fluids. You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for fever and body aches.

If you live in group housing, such as a community shelter, be sure to follow instructions from the group housing staff. They can tell you how to stay safer in the shelter and how to keep others safe.

Be sure to follow all instructions from your local health authorities. These may include stay-at-home orders, guidelines for social distancing and masks, and information about access to health care, COVID-19 testing, and other essential services.

Seek Care Today

Based on your answers, you may need care or testing.

Most people have a mild illness and are able to recover without medical care.

  • Call your doctor or a local health clinic today to see if you need care. If you are told to go to a care center, wear a mask.
  • Stay where you live and separate yourself from others, including those you live with. Ask the doctor how long you need to self-isolate.
  • Do not leave unless you need medical care.
  • Wear a mask anytime you are around other people. Children younger than 2 years old do not need to wear a mask.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Follow all steps to prevent spread of the illness, such as washing your hands, cleaning surfaces, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids. You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for fever and body aches. Read and follow all instructions on the label.

If you live in group housing, such as a community shelter, be sure to follow instructions from the group housing staff. They can tell you how to stay safer in the shelter and how to keep others safe.

If your symptoms become worse, answer the symptom checker questions again or call your doctor or a local health clinic. You may need care.

Seek Care Now

Based on your answers, you may need care right away. The problem is likely to get worse without medical care.

  • Call your doctor now to discuss the symptoms and arrange for care. Tell them you're worried that you have COVID-19 or that your child may have MIS-C.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Children younger than 2 years old do not need to wear a mask.
  • If you cannot reach your doctor or you don't have one, seek care in the next hour.
  • You do not need to call an ambulance unless:
    • You cannot travel safely either by driving yourself or by having someone else drive you.
    • You are in an area where heavy traffic or other problems may slow you down.

Contact facility staff

Based on your answers, you need to contact your residential caregivers or correctional or detention facility authorities.

You may need information on how to self-isolate, take care of yourself, and monitor your symptoms.

Call 911 Now

Based on your answers, you need emergency care.

Call 911 or other emergency services now. Tell them you are worried about having COVID-19.

Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.

Sometimes people don't want to call 911. They may think that their symptoms aren't serious or that they can just get someone else to drive them. Or they might be concerned about the cost. But based on your answers, the safest and quickest way for you to get the care you need is to call 911 for medical transport to the hospital.

Home Treatment

If you are sick with COVID-19, there are things you can do to reduce your symptoms and feel better while you recover at home.

  • Rest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) if you need to relieve a fever and body aches. Read and follow all instructions on the label.

Steps to take to avoid spreading the virus

  • Stay home and separate yourself from others, including those you live with. Self-isolate until it's safe to be around others again.
    • If you have symptoms, it's safe when you haven't had a fever for 24 hours while not taking medicines to lower the fever and your symptoms have improved and it's been at least 10 days since your symptoms started.
    • Talk to your doctor about whether you also need testing, especially if you have a weakened immune system.
    • If you tested positive but have no symptoms, you can end isolation after 10 days. But if you start to have symptoms, follow the recommendations above.
    • If you've been exposed to the virus but don't have symptoms, you may need to stay in quarantine for up to 14 days. In some cases, it may be shorter. Ask your doctor when it's safe to end your quarantine.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often, especially after you cough or sneeze. Use soap and water, and scrub for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Limit contact with people in your home. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from others. If possible, stay in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom. Anytime you're around other people, wear a mask.
  • Don't share personal household items. You can assign your own set of items, including bedding, towels, cups and glasses, and eating utensils.
  • Clean and disinfect your home every day. Use household cleaners and disinfectant wipes or sprays.
  • Avoid contact with pets and other animals. If possible, have a friend or family member care for them while you're sick.

Be sure to follow all instructions from the CDC and your local health authorities.

Symptoms to watch for during home treatment

If you develop a fever, cough, or trouble breathing, or if your symptoms become worse, answer the symptom checker questions again or call your doctor. You may need care.

Prevention

To protect yourself and others:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Avoid sick people.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often, especially after you cough or sneeze. Use soap and water, and scrub for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.

Be sure to follow all instructions from the CDC and your local health authorities. Here are some examples of specific precautions you may need to take.

  • If you are not fully vaccinated:
    • Wear a mask if you have to go to public areas.
    • Avoid crowds and try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
  • Even if you're fully vaccinated, there's still a small chance you can get and spread COVID-19. If you live in an area where COVID-19 is spreading quickly, wear a mask if you have to go to indoor public areas. You might also want to wear a mask in crowded outdoor areas if you:
    • Have certain health conditions.
    • Live with someone who has a compromised immune system.
    • Live with someone who is not fully vaccinated.

Preparing For Your Appointment

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, follow this advice:

  • Stay home. Avoid contact with others.
  • Call your doctor's office, urgent care, or telehealth line. They will tell you if you need to come in for medical care or a test.
  • If you need to leave home to get care, wear a mask over your mouth and nose to prevent exposing other people to the virus.

Why do you need to call first?

You need to let the doctor's office, clinic, or hospital know that you're coming. They may want you to use a special entrance or go to a special area. They'll probably remind you to wear a mask.

You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What are your main symptoms?
    • Do you have a fever?
    • Do you have a cough?
    • Do you have any trouble breathing?
    • Do you have other symptoms you are concerned about?
  • Have you been in contact with anyone who has symptoms of or has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  • What home treatment methods have you tried?
  • What nonprescription medicines have you used?
  • Do you have any high-risk health problems?

Related Information

Credits

Current as of: March 26, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine

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