Symptoms of COVID-19

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COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness; most severe illness occurs in older adults. Symptoms 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

sneezing coughing and shortness of breath

If you have fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any of the other symptoms listed above, please call your healthcare provider. Also, for a free online health assessment, please see our listing of telehealth virtual care providers in South Carolina.

You can also use Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Coronavirus Self-Checker to help you make decisions and see appropriate medical care.

When to Seek Medical Attention

When calling for medical attention, let providers know you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 on the call.  They may have special instructions for you.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately; call 911. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

    *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

For more information on what to do if you feel sick, click here.


Community Survey COVID-19 Statewide