COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most people infected with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention or hospitalization. Older people and those with underlying or chronic medical conditions are more likely to develop serious illness.
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Aches and pains
For severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain, loss of speech or mobility, or confusion, seek immediate in-person medical attention.