Symptoms - When to Seek Medical Attention

Click to full image full sizeSymptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19

The CDC updated the COVID-19 symptom list on 4/27/202. 
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:
  • 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

For people who are sick:

  • Stay home. Call your healthcare provider for COVID-19 testing.
  • If you have a fever, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines, such as acetaminophen.
  • Keep sick household members away from others. If you have a separate room that is best.
  • Use soap and water, a bleach and water solution, or EPA-approved household products. You can make your own cleanser with a mixture of 1 cup of liquid unscented chlorine bleach in 5 gallons of water.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • Anyone at high risk for complications should talk to their healthcare provider for more information.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately, call 9-1-1 and tell the dispatcher that you have COVID symptoms. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • 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.

Frequently asked questions



Kids and COVID final

“Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19.” 

Recently, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported as possibly linked with a pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome disease called “Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19.” This syndrome has features which overlap with Kawasaki Disease and Toxic Shock Syndrome. 

There are symptoms that parents can be looking for. Whether your child has or has not been diagnosed with COVID-19,  contact your child’s healthcare provider for the following symptoms: 

  • Fever lasting five days or more
  • Difficulty feeding (infants) or is too sick to drink fluids
  • Severe abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
  • Change in skin color - becoming pale, patchy and/or blue
  • Trouble breathing or is breathing very quickly
  • Racing heart or chest pain
  • Decreased urination, less wet diapers
  • Hard to wake, crying a lot or confused

New York State Department of Health is investigating several cases of severe illness in children and child deaths that may be related to COVID-19. There is much to learn about Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19. Ontario County will continue to  update the public as we learn more. 

New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 

(Updated 9/4/2020)