What You Need to Know About COVID-19

NYC: Get Tested Now!

All New Yorkers should get tested for COVID-19, whether or not you have symptoms or are at increased risk.

NYC Health Department: coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

What to Do If You Are Sick

Find the closest testing site near you.

You should get tested now if you have symptoms – regardless of age, chronic conditions or occupation – and then stay home.

COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus and commonly include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all inclusive. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Older adults may show confusion or disorientation and experience falls.

Featured Announcements

COVID-19 alert levels

NYC will now be using an alert level system to better help New Yorkers understand the current level of COVID-19 risk and how they can best protect themselves and others.

Learn more about COVID-19 alert levels in NYC.

Vaccine authorized for children

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 5 to 11. The vaccine dose for this age group is smaller than the dose given to people 12 and older.

Children can get vaccinated at their doctor's office, pharmacies and vaccine sites across the city.

Booster shots

Vaccine booster shots are now authorized for everyone 12 and older who is fully vaccinated.

If you were recently sick or tested positive for COVID-19, you can get your booster shot after your isolation period ends.


You can find daily updates of information about people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in NYC and key public health milestones.