Think you may have  symptoms of COVID-19? Get tested, stay home, and isolate yourself. To protect yourself from infection, get vaccinated, avoid crowds, and stay out of poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

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COVID-19 symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • 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

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

You can check your symptoms using the Symptom Screener.

What increases your risk of infection

You are more likely to be infected with coronavirus if:

  • You have close contact with an infected person (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period)
  • You are frequently in a group setting (like an assisted living facility, college dormitory, homeless shelter)
  • You have been in an area with high infection rates

You can reduce the risk to yourself and others by:

See other preventative measures you can take.

Who is likely to get very sick

Some people are at higher risk to get very sick from COVID-19, including:

  • Seniors over 65
  • People with certain medical conditions:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD 
    • Down syndrome
    • Weakened immune system from organ transplant
    • Obesity 
    • Serious heart conditions
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Smoking
    • Type 2 diabetes

There are more conditions which might increase risk for severe illness from COVID-19. See what specific actions you should take for your medical condition.

Extra precautions for high-risk groups

If you are at higher risk for serious illness, you should take extra precautions to protect yourself:

  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine, a safer way to build immunity.
  • Stay home. It’s the most important thing you can do.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. Isolate anyone sick in your home in a separate room, if possible.
  • Get food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks. Wipe off containers with disinfectant wipes.
  • Listen to public health officials. They may recommend community actions to reduce exposure in times of local outbreak.

Stay safe by preparing

Find Family and Friends Caregiver Resources from the California Department of Aging, including guidelines to protect both you and your loved ones from COVID-19.

Read how to Prepare for a Public Health Emergency from Listos California.

Questions and answers

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