In addition to fever, common symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Although most people can recover at home from COVID-19 without medical care, some people develop serious complications.
“If you begin to experience emergency symptoms, call 911 immediately,” Dr. Harmon says. “Don’t take any chances.”
The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus, Dr. Harmon says. He encourages people to follow the CDC’s guidelines to limit its spread.
- Make sure to regularly wash your hands with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Follow social distancing guidelines by staying at least six feet away from others. Avoid large gatherings.
- Wear a cloth face covering in places where social distancing is difficult. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- If you aren’t wearing your cloth face covering, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw away the tissue, and wash your hands immediately afterward.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.