ImportantIf you have symptoms, get tested and consult your doctor. If you severe symptoms, seek immediate medical care.


Coronavirus’ symptoms include fever(Very Likely),
dry cough(Likely), and/or shortness of breath.

The symptoms below are based on 55,925 laboratory confirmed cases. Many of the commons symptoms are shared with those of the flu or cold. COVID-19 is reported to cause a loss of taste and smell. Please note, you may be asymptomatic.

  • Fever 87.9%
  • Dry cough 67.7%
  • Fatigue 38.1%
  • Mucus 33.4%
  • Shortness of breath 18.6%
  • Muscle/joint pain 14.8%
  • Headache 13.9%
  • Chills 11.4%
  • Nausea 5%
  • Nasal congestion 4.8%
  • Diarrhea 3.7%
  • Loss of smell/taste No data
Symptoms may appear between 2-14 days

Important: You may experience no or few symptoms and still have Covid-19. This means you can still give it to others.

The timeline of coronavirus varies
in severity (20% of cases) and duration(As long as 6+ weeks).

Based on a WHO study of 23,454 patients, the severity of the disease is dependent on numerous factors. Patients may experience little to no symptoms at first and then rapidly deteriorate into severe or critical cases.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Symptoms onset
2-14 days for onset
Mild cases
2 weeks for recovery
Median time
Severe or critical cases
Average onset is 5 days after exposure
3-6 weeks for recovery
What should you do if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19? See below
What to do

If you have symptoms,

(103 or higher)

Do you have a severe fever or are having difficulty breathing?

(Shortness of breath and severe coughing)
  • Get tested.
  • Contact your doctor.
  • Quarantine yourself at home. Do not go out.
  • Stay away from others. Do not have visitors.
  • Monitor your temperature and symptoms for 3-4 days.
  • Stay at home if until you have not had a fever for at least three days.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you are severely ill.

Stay at home for a minimum of 7 days after the onset of symptoms.


Individuals most at risk include people above the age of 65+, those with compromised immune systems, smokers and those with comorbidities such as heart disease.

See all risk factors
  • Contact NYS, NYC health, your doctor and seek immediate medical care.
  • Follow guidance from NYS, NYC, or your doctor.

If symptoms worsen seek immediate medical attention. Call 911 if it is an emergency and you cannot breath or your symptoms worsen. If it is not an emergency, call 311 in NYC. If in NYS, call 1-888-364-3065.

Step 1
Consult your doctor and then get tested
Step 2
Call 311 or 1-888-364-3065 Only NYC All of NYS

Physical distancing and quarantining are the best ways of reducing spread.

COVID-19 is a contagious and deadly virus. As is known now, it spreads through droplets from sneezing and coughing, as well as fomites on surfaces. This means physical distance from individuals is important as well as ensuring hands are always washed or sanitized after touching all objects.

  • Do stay 6 feet away from individuals
  • Do wear a cloth mask when outside
  • Do wash or sanitize your hands very often
  • Do stay at home as much as possible
  • Do avoid crowds or gatherings
  • Do use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Do clean objects and surfaces
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Don’t touch others or shake hands
  • Don’t go out to crowded areas or parks
  • Don’t stand too close to others
  • Don’t go to work if symptoms appear

If you believe you are experiencing symptoms please see the section above, quarantine yourself, and avoid all contact with individuals.



  • Who should get tested?

    If you believe you have coronavirus, you can get tested. Throughout NYS, drive-through testing is available by appointment. Walk-in testing is available throughout NYS and NYC at any CityMD location for free and without the need for insurance.

    Source: NYS | NYC DOH Finding testing locations
  • What if I'm not sure if I have coronavirus?

    If you have reviewed the symptoms above and are still not sure if you have coronavirus, you can take complete a screening to determine the best next steps. You should also consult your doctor.

    Take the online screening
  • Where can I obtain a test?

    Drive through testing is available by appointment only based on a protocol for testing. Residents who would like to be tested can make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065, but must follow the protocol for testing.

    See testing locations and more info
  • What if I think I had COVID-19 already?

    If you believe you may have been exposed and contracted COVID-19 you may be able to take an antibody test. Antibodies develop when the immune system responds to the coronavirus. With other diseases, antibodies develop 3 to 4 weeks after infection and last for a considerable time. You can contact your local NYS department of health for the nearest antibody testing location.

    Go to Directory
  • How long does it take to get results?

    The results are prioritized for health care workers and first responders.

  • Is there an online assessment?

    If you are unsure of your risks or symptoms NYS has an evaluation for New Yorkers to complete.

    Take a NYS online assessment
  • Should I let NYC know if I tested positive or have symptoms?

    Yes, if experienced symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, have come into contact with someone who may have COVID-19, or are currently in quarantine NYC has designed an informational app that will also allow you to self-report your status.

    Complete the Survey on the Engagement Portal


  • Should I wear a mask?

    Yes, the CDC and NYC recommend wearing a mask when leaving your home. N95 Masks are in short supply and should be reserved for healthcare workers.

    Source: NYC DOH
  • What is physical distancing?

    Physical––or social distancing––means allowing 6 feet between you and other individuals in public.

    Source: NYS
  • Who is required to stay home?

    All residents of New York City are asked to stay home unless work or essential tasks are required. However, all vulnerable populations in New York State including those above the age of 70, those with underlying health conditions, and those who are immunocompromised are required to stay home under Matilda's Law.

    Source: NYS NYC


  • How contagious is COVID-19 and how does it spread?

    The R naught value is estimated at atleast 2.6, meaning two-and-a-half new infections result from each person that has it. The virus spreads through droplets in the air, near contact with an individual of less than 6 feet, or on objects and surfaces.

    Source: CDC
  • How long does COVID-19 last on surfaces?

    According to research, cardboard packages are at least 1 day while it is imprecisely known how long coronavirus lasts on plastic or metal but the current range is 3 to 17 days.

    Source: Harvard Medical School
  • Can children and teenagers get COVID-19?

    Yes, though children and teenagers are often asymptomatic or show few symptoms.

    Source: CDC
  • I want to help. How can I donate goods, services, or space?

    You can fill out a form on the NYS website or see all opportunities to help on the NYC website.

    Source: NYS | NYC DOH
  • I have recovered from COVID-19. Can I donate my plasma?

    Plasma taken from those who have recovered can be used to treat patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections. You can donate your plasma using the link below.

    Donate your plasma
  • What if I live with family or have roommates and I think I have symptoms?

    Keep your distance and stay away. If one is available, use a different bathroom. Use different utensils and areas of your home or apartment. Avoid sleeping in the same bed. Most importantly, alert those whom you live with. In NYC, if you do not have access to another bathroom you are eligible for a free hotel.

    Find a NYC hotel


  • Is there a portal for updates for providers and physicians?

    Yes, a portal with specific guidance, resources such as webinars, and alerts is available.

    Go to Provider Portal
  • Is there an FAQs for guidance on COVID-19?

    NYC has provided guidance and answers to many common questions via PDF.

    Go to Provider FAQs
  • I am a retired health care work or physician. How can I help?

    You can volunteer through directly NYS or NYC. In NYC, licensed healthcare workers who are interested must complete a two-step process to have your license(s) verified and to be properly matched the available staffing requests is required. In NYS, a survey must be completed.

    Sign up in NYS    Sign up in NYC
  • I want to help. How can I donate goods, services, or space?

    You can fill out a form on the NYS website or see all opportunities to help on the NYC website.

    Source: NYS | NYC DOH
  • I am not a healthcare professional. Can I still help?

    Yes, in New York City you can sign-up for NYC Service.

    Volunteer in NYC

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