Mar 12, 2020 3:00 PM

Author: University of Utah Health Communications

Coronavirus symptoms and what to do if you have them

This information was accurate at the time of publication. Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, some information may have changed since the original publication date. More accurate information is now available.

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, seems to spread rapidly from person to person. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends COVID-19 patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home until they no longer pose a risk of infecting others. How long someone remains actively sick can vary, and isolation is made on case-by-case basis with consultation from doctors and infectious diseases experts. It’s recommended to follow prevention tips to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


Check for Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide rnge of syptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 - 14 days after exposure to the virus.

What Are Coronavirus Symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symtpoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Isolate Yourself

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or have recently traveled from an area where COVID-19 is widespread, you should stay in a specific room away from other people and pets in your home. Outside activities should be restricted, except from receiving medical care. Avoid work, school, or public areas. Do not use public transportation. Frequently wash you rounds, cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, and wear a cloth face mask when around other people.

COVID-19 Testing

People who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are advised to call University of Utah Health's coronavirus hotline at 801-587-0712, where it will be determined if a patient should be evaluated by a health care professional. Patients will be given the option to speak to a provider through a virtual urgent care visit or be sent to one of U of U Health's five testing sites for a drive-up in-car evaluation by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. If a provider feels a COVID-19 test is warranted, a patient will be instructed to go an in-car testing site for a COVID-19 test.

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