What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from people with mild symptoms to people becoming severely ill, requiring admission to the hospital, and dying.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*, which include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty breathing 

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Read about COVID-19 Symptoms from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.

Show All Answers

1. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
2. How does the virus spread?
3. Can Someone who has had COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
4. What is community spread?
5. What can be done to slow the spread of COVID-19 infection?
6. How can I help protect myself?
7. Should I be tested for COVID-19?
8. How is the County handling the testing process?
9. As a result of Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement to add more than 80 community testing sites across the state, will Merced County add a new testing site?
10. I have symptoms, but my Medical Provider won’t recommend testing. What should I do?
11. Who do I call to receive test results for myself or a patient?
12. I do not have symptoms but would like to test to check for immunity. Is there an antibody (convalescent plasma) test available?
13. I was informed by my doctor/employer/dentist/etc... that I was exposed to COVID-19 and to self-quarantine and get tested. However, my doctor did not provide me with a test because they are limited.
14. Where can I register for an appointment?
15. Do I need a prescription from my medical provider to go to the new testing site?
16. Will the community be notified of confirmed patient information as it becomes available to Merced County Department of Public Health (MCDPH)?
17. Does an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 twice get counted as two positive cases in the Merced County Confirmed Cases?
18. How frequently can an individual test positive for COVID-19?
19. ¿Cuáles son los síntomas de COVID-19?
20. ¿Cómo se propaga/contagia el virus?
21. ¿Puede que alguien que haya tenido COVID-19 pueda transmitir la enfermedad a otros?
22. ¿Qué es la propagación comunitaria?
23. ¿Qué se puede hacer para retrasar la propagación de la infección por COVID-19?
24. ¿Debo hacerme la prueba de COVID-19?
25. ¿Cómo está manejando el Condado el proceso de prueba?
26. ¿Una persona que da positivo a la prueba de COVID-19 dos veces se cuenta como dos casos positivos en los casos confirmados del condado de Merced?
27. ¿Con qué frecuencia una persona puede dar positivo en la prueba de COVID-19?