Watch for Symtoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe
illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019
These symptoms may appear 2-14
days after exposure (based on the
incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
Shortness of breath
If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with
the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help
prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a
fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call
your healthcare provider for medical advice.
Testing for COVID 19
There are laboratory tests that can identify the virus that
causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens. State and local public
health departments have received tests from CDC, whereas medical
providers are getting tests developed by commercial
How to decide if you should be tested or seek care
Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Here is some
information that might help you make decisions about seeking
medical care or testing.
Most people have mild
illness and are able to recover
at home without medical care. They may not
need to be tested.
There is no treatment specifically approved for people who
If you think you may be sick, stay home and consult with
your healthcare provider on the need for testing.
CDC has guidance for
who should be tested, but decisions
about testing are at the discretion of state and local health
departments and/or individual clinicians.
Clinicians should work with their state and local health
departments to coordinate testing through public health
laboratories, or work with clinical or commercial