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COVID-19 Symptoms and Management

Florida Department of Health in Marion County

The symptoms of COVID-19 can mirror illnesses such as influenza. Patients with COVID-19 typically display symptoms such as:

  • Fever (100.4°F or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss or taste or smell

Children typically experience similar (but milder) symptoms. Please see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html for more information on symptoms.

Approximately 80 percent of those affected with COVID-19 report mild to moderate illness and experience a complete recovery. Some experience more severe illness.

People who are more vulnerable to the illness include individuals who are over age 65 with underlying health conditions, immunocompromised, ill or have underlying chronic health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes. See the full list of people who should take extra precautions at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html.

Many cases of COVID-19 can be managed at home by treating symptoms, and this is encouraged. However, if you develop worsening symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or inability to drink fluids, contact 911 and advise them of your symptoms as you may need treatment at a hospital.