Symptoms of Illness

Coronavirus (COVID-19), in most, is characterized by mild symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulties breathing.  More rarely, some have presented with body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In more severe cases, infection could lead to more serious respiratory illnesses including pneumonia. 

Mild symptoms usually appear 2 – 14 days after initially being exposed, but on average, will start 5 days after exposure.   These symptoms are very similar to those of the flu or common cold. 

You may then wonder how to differentiate the three?

Although symptoms are mild in most, for some, aged 65 and over, those with compromised immune systems and those with pre-existing chronic medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease and asthma are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.