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In December 2019, a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) started spreading. It can cause an illness called COVID-19. Some people may have mild symptoms, while some may have complications, like severe pneumonia.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), common COVID-19 symptoms can include:
Other symptoms reported are:
If you have these emergency warning signs, call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately:
This list may not include all symptoms. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after coming in contact with the virus. If you have any symptoms that are severe or concerning, call your doctor.
There are some symptoms that are similar between these respiratory illnesses and asthma. This chart can help you figure out if you may be feeling symptoms of asthma, allergies, or a respiratory illness like COVID-19, the flu, or a cold. If you have a fever and a cough, call your doctor right away. If you have seasonal allergies, there are things you can do to treat at home.
Information is still changing. We will update this chart as new evidence comes out.
Everyone 12 years and older can get the COVID-19 vaccines for free with no out-of-pocket costs in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, called Comirnaty [koe-MIR-nah-tee], for ages 16 and older. The FDA has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use for ages 12-15. The FDA has authorized the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (made by Janssen) COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use for ages 18 and older.
The vaccine reduces the chance of getting COVID-19. It can also reduce the severity of your symptoms if you get the disease.
You are fully vaccinated two weeks after getting your second Pfizer or Moderna shot or two weeks after getting one Johnson & Johnson shot. The CDC recommends that everyone in areas of high transmission wear a mask in public indoor places, even if they are fully vaccinated.
Even if you are fully vaccinated, continue following CDC guidelines. Stay home as much as possible and wear a face mask. Keep physical distance and wash your hands to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
You are still required to wear face masks on public transportation, such as planes, buses, and trains. Hospitals, airports, train and bus stations, homeless shelters, and prisons still require everyone to wear masks.
Most people can get the COVID-19 vaccines with no issues. Allergic and adverse reactions are rare.
Talk with your doctor before you get a COVID-19 vaccine if you have a:
Medical Review: June 2021 by Mitchell Grayson, MD. Updated September 2021.
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