A coronavirus is a type of virus that often occurs in animals. Sometimes, it can spread to humans. This is rare.
In December 2019, a new coronavirus started spreading. Experts think people first caught the virus at a fish and live animal market. Now it is spreading from person to person.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), common coronavirus symptoms can include:
Cough (usually dry)
Shortness of breath
Other less common symptoms can include:
Stuffy or runny nose
Aches and pains
Diarrhea or nausea
The CDC believes symptoms may appear two to 14 days after coming in contact with the virus. WHO has declared it a global pandemic (an outbreak of a new virus that spreads easily).
How Can I Tell the Difference Between the Coronavirus, the Flu, a Cold or Seasonal Allergies?
There are some symptoms that are similar between these respiratory illnesses. This chart can help you figure out if you may be feeling symptoms of allergies or a respiratory illness like COVID-19. If you have a fever and a cough, call your doctor. If you have seasonal allergies, there are things you can do to treat at home.