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(SARS‑CoV‑2, "Coronavirus")

Coronavirus Overview and Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Diarrhea

  • Vomiting

  • Chills

  • Repeating shaking with chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit Responding to COVID-19

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Coronavirus Fact Sheet

Mental Health & COVID

Talking to Kids

Getting Tested

Stay home if:

  • You are feeling mostly fine

  • You are worried

Stay home and call your doctor for advice if:

  • You are feeling sick, but would not have sought care under normal circumstances

Call your doctor or seek medical care if:

  • You feel sick and believe you have an emergency

  • If you do not have a provider call your local health department or 1-877-PA-HEALTH. If you still need help, call your local emergency department. MORE INFORMATION

Resources for at-risk citizens

Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease are at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. As people age, their immune systems change, making it harder for their bodies to fight off disease and infection. Many older adults are also more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness. If you are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications due to age or because you have a severe underlying medical condition, it is important for you to take action to reduce your risk of exposure. MORE INFORMATION

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