COVID-19 Symptoms

COVID-19 Symptoms
Symptoms of the coronavirus can be very similar to other seasonal respiratory infections like colds and influenza (“the flu”). Most commonly these include fever, muscle aches, cough, and difficulty breathing. In addition, you may experience chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

Many patients have COVID-19 infection with no symptoms at all (asymptomatic infection). Most patients with COVID-19 have only mild flu-like and respiratory symptoms, which can be managed at home. However, some patients may develop severe pneumonia and breathing problems that require hospitalization.

If you have respiratory or flu symptoms, please call your doctor’s office ahead of time. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, they may provide special instructions or – if appropriate – connect with you for a virtual visit.

For very severe symptoms like trouble breathing, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.

COVID-19 Testing Options

If you have flu and cold symptoms and suspect it may be COVID-19, call your provider’s office or the urgent care center before going in for care.

Penn Medicine has testing available for patients suspected of the COVID-19 infection. If you are a Penn Medicine patient and are looking to determine whether testing is appropriate for you, please contact your health care provider directly. If you are not a Penn Medicine patient, please call 800-789-7366 to speak with a customer service representative who will help you schedule an appointment.

Additional Information on the Coronavirus

For more general information about COVID-19, both the World Health Organization and the CDC offer helpful facts and information, including guidance about possible symptoms, prevention, and travel restrictions. Learn more on their websites.