What are symptoms of COVID-19?

Reported COVID-19 cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness, and are most likely to appear 2-14 days after initial exposure. Primary symptoms include:

If you are experiencing these symptoms and think you have or have been exposed to COVID-19, you should first call the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services at 866-462-3821 or your local Department of Health and Human Services.

DO NOT go directly to your doctor's office or an urgent care location without first calling to alert them to your possible COVID-19 exposure or infection. This helps our team stay healthy while we focus on treating our neighbors and preventing further exposure.

In rare cases, COVID-19 can lead to more severe symptoms. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, call 911 and tell the dispatcher about your symptoms and recent travel history. Emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion or inability to arouse

  • Bluish lips or face