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People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.
Possible symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
How it spreads:
COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch.
Anyone infected with COVID-19 can spread it, even if they do NOT have symptoms.
To protect yourself and others, follow everyday preventive actions including:
Avoid close contact with people, especially those who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, and before eating. (If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.)
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects such as door knobs.
- Stay home if you are sick.
In addition to basic health and hygiene practices, the following actions can help protect you, your household, and your community from severe illness from COVID-19.
- Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
- Improving ventilation
- Getting tested for COVID-19 if needed
- Following recommendations for what to do if you have been exposed
- Staying home if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19
- Seeking treatment if you have COVID-19 and are at high risk of getting very sick
- Avoiding contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19
Call your primary care physician, an urgent care facility, or use the testing site finder.
Information from the State of Michigan