People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms. Some people do not have any symptoms.
Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19:
This list does not include all possible symptoms.
Most people with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms and recover on their own. Less commonly, COVID-19 may lead to breathing problems, 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 not get them for you.
If you tested positive and are not sick enough to be in the hospital, monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 could help you reduce symptoms and avoid hospitalization.
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
Call your health care provider if you have COVID-19 symptoms, especially if you are an older adult, pregnant or have health conditions that put you at increased risk for severe illness.
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 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:
The NYC Test and Trace Corps can help you safely separate at home, including assistance arranging food and medicine delivery, pet care and finding a health care provider.
To contact a resource navigator, call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319), press 5 for help to safely separate, and then press 5 again to leave a voicemail for other resources. A resource navigator will call you back.
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:
When You Need a Hotel for Isolation
New Yorkers who test positive for COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to the virus can qualify for a free hotel room for up to 10 days to safely separate and protect their loves ones. You may be eligible to stay in a Take Care Hotel even if you have not received your COVID-19 test results or a call from a contact tracer.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, separate from others immediately. COVID-19 transmission is common in households and can happen fast among families and roommates living together.
For more information:
When You Are Feeling Better
If you tested positive for COVID-19 by a swab or saliva diagnostic test but have never had symptoms, stay home for 10 days from the date you were tested.
When You Have "Long COVID" Symptoms
Most people who have COVID-19 completely recover, but some have lasting symptoms and health problems.
Post-acute COVID-19 syndrome, also called long COVID or chronic COVID, refers to a wide range of symptoms that develop during or after COVID-19 illness and continue for several weeks or months. Symptoms include fatigue, breathing problems and muscle pain.
For more information on the symptoms of long COVID and available care options in NYC, see: