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If you’re experiencing symptoms such as chest pain and/or tightness severe shortness of breath, severe wheezing or other threatening symptoms please seek medical attention and go to the nearest hospital or call 911.

For information and resources in other languages, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For videos in American Sign Language or en Espanol, visit the CDC YouTube channel.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

If you are an older adult OR have an underlying health condition, please follow the guidance below:

  1. Call your healthcare provider for further direction.
  2. If you don’t have a primary care provider or cannot reach your care team click here to view our virtual care options.
  3. If you require immediate medical attention please call your nearest emergency department. View our list of Sentara emergency departments by clicking here.

If you have any additional questions regarding COVID-19, please view our Frequently Asked Questions or visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 page.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

Coronavirus Assessment Tool