State and local health officials stress that anyone with symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) should call their doctor before seeking care. Symptoms of COVID-19 may show up 2 to14 days after exposure. The steps you should take if you think you are sick with COVID-19 depend on whether you have a higher risk of developing severe illness.
People 65 years or older, and/or people with medical issues, like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, or a weakened immune system, are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. If you are a high-risk individual and you develop fever or symptoms, call your doctor. If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. General Population: If you are in generally good health and have mild symptoms, stay home and take care of yourself like you would for a cold or the flu. If symptoms worsen, call your doctor.