The CDC has expanded its list of symptoms for COVID-19. In addition to fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, symptoms also include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Most people with mild symptoms can recover at home. Your healthcare provider will determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19, but getting a test will not change your treatment. If you have these symptoms, you should monitor and self-treat your symptoms. Separate yourself from other people in the home as much as possible. Wear a cloth face covering to prevent the spread of illness to others in your household. Clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces in your home every day according to CDC guidance.
Get medical help right away if you have persistent chest pain or pressure, trouble breathing, blue lips, or confusion. Call your healthcare provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. Be sure to tell the operator that you have (or might have) COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
For more information, call 828-884-4007 to speak to a local public health nurse about COVID-19.