People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.

People may experience:
• Cough
• Fever
• Tiredness
• Difficulty breathing (severe cases)

Symptoms COVID-19 Common Cold Flu Allergies
Fever Common Rare Common Sometimes
Dry cough Common Mild Common Sometimes
Shortness of breath Common No No Common
Headache Sometimes Rare Common Sometimes
Aches and pains Sometimes Common Common No
Sore throat Sometimes Common Common No
Fatigue Sometimes Sometimes Common Sometimes
Diarrhea Rare No Sometimes* No
Runny nose Rare Common Sometimes Common
Sneezing No Common No Common
* Sometimes for children
Sources: CDC, WHO, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology