About COVID-19

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What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Watch for Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 - 14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

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Visit the CDC for more information.

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

People of Any Age with Underlying Medical Conditions

People of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Children who are medically complex, who have neurologic, genetic, metabolic conditions, or who have congenital heart disease are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than other children.

People of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19: