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What are the signs and symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

What are the signs and symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms. Coronavirus (COVID-19) signs and symptoms appear as early as two days or up to 14 days after exposure to the virus and can include: 

  • 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 

Please review the CDC's signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection page for further information. 

After Your Test

After Your Test

During the time you are waiting for your results, it is very important that you go home and stay home. This is referred to as home isolation or quarantine. Don't travel. Don’t have gatherings at your home. This protects other
people from unnecessary exposure.

  • Wear a mask if you must be around other people or in public places.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, before and after using the bathroom, and before preparing food or eating.
  • Clean solid surfaces in your home with common disinfectants.
  • Avoid public places. Ask a friend or family member to shop for you.
  • Most people experience mild to moderate flu-like symptoms and do not need to be hospitalized.
  • Treatment is based on your symptoms. For most people, Tylenol and mild cough medications are all you’ll need. If you are not sure what to do, call your doctor.
  • If you have symptoms and they worsen, call your doctor.
  • Call 9-1-1 if you have an emergency.
  • If you go to a medical office or Emergency Department for any reason, tell them immediately that you have been tested for COVID-19.
General Information about COVID-19

General Information about COVID-19

The DHEC Care Line is available to provide general information about COVID-19 by calling 1-855-472-3432 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. For general questions about COVID-19, visit the DHEC website at scdhec.gov/COVID19 or the CDC website here.

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