COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, is a respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
These symptoms can range from mild to severe, and some people may not experience any symptoms at all. It’s important to note that these symptoms can also be caused by other respiratory illnesses, such as the flu or a cold. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or have recently traveled to an area with widespread transmission, it’s important to contact your healthcare provider for further evaluation and guidance.