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:
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.
Most people with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms and recover on their own. Less commonly, COVID-19 may lead to pneumonia, other severe complications, hospitalization or death.
If you have mild to moderate symptoms, stay home. Do not leave home except to get essential medical care (including testing for COVID-19) or to get basic needs such as groceries, if someone can’t get them for you.
When to Call 911
You should go to an emergency room or call 911 immediately if you have:
This is not a complete list. If you are concerned you may be experiencing a medical emergency, contact your provider immediately or call 911.
When to Contact a Health Care Provider
You should call your health care provider if you have symptoms and one of the following applies to you:
Call, text, use telemedicine or use your patient portal to contact your health care provider. If you need help getting medical care, call 311. You can get care in NYC regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.
When to Get Tested
You should get a COVID-19 test if you:
COVID-19 Testing: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, May 11)
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When You Are Sick and Staying Home
If you are sick, stay home as much as possible. Do not go to school or to work, even if you are an essential worker. Only leave home to get essential medical care or to get basic needs such as groceries, if you have no other way to get them.
To protect others in your household from getting sick:
When taking medicine, remember that many products to treat fever, cough and other symptoms contain the same active ingredient, and you could be taking too much if you take more than one medicine. Follow the recommended dosage on the medicine label.
To check if you are managing medicines safely, contact the Poison Control Center to speak with a registered pharmacist or nurse.
When You Are Sick and Need to Leave Home
If you need to leave your home to see a health care provider or to get medicine or groceries:
You could be eligible to stay in a free hotel room while you or a person you live with recovers from COVID-19. An authorized health care provider must confirm you are unable to live apart from other members of your household and book you a room.
For more information, including a list of participating health care providers:
When You Are Feeling Better
Remember, even when you feel better, stay home as much as possible. There are still many unanswered questions about COVID-19, including how long the virus remains in someone’s body and whether it is possible to get sick again. For this reason, it is important to continue physical distancing and taking other precautions after you are better.