Know the Symptoms
Some people may experience mild or no physical symptoms. Symptoms can take up to 14 days after exposure to COVID-19 to appear, and include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Loss of taste or smell
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Difficulty swallowing
If you are having difficulty breathing, call 911.
Disease symptoms may be different, depending on age. Children and older adults with COVID-19, may also have non-specific symptoms (link provided by the Ministry of Health), such as:
- disorientation, confusion
- sleeping more than usual or muscle aches
- dizziness, weakness or falls
- chills, headaches
Rarely, children can get an inflammatory condition that impacts the blood vessels, called vasculitis. It can present with prolonged fever, abdominal pain, red eyes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. It needs medical attention.
For others, there is a higher risk for severe illness, including people over the age of 60, and those with weakened immunity or underlying health conditions.