Symptoms of the coronavirus can be very similar to other seasonal respiratory infections like colds and influenza (“the flu"). Most commonly these include fever, muscle aches, cough, and difficulty breathing. In addition, you may experience chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.
Many patients have COVID-19 infection with no symptoms at all (asymptomatic infection). Most patients with COVID-19 have only mild flu-like and respiratory symptoms, which can be managed at home. However, some patients may develop severe pneumonia and breathing problems that require hospitalization.
If you have respiratory or flu symptoms, please call your doctor’s office ahead of time. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, they may provide special instructions or – if appropriate – connect with you for a virtual visit.
For very severe symptoms like trouble breathing, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.
Questions about coronavirus?
We understand that our patients may have questions and concerns about risks of COVID-19 to them and their families.
Read our FAQs for more information
COVID-19 Testing Options
If you have flu and cold symptoms and suspect it may be COVID-19, call your provider’s office or the urgent care center before going in for care.
Penn Medicine has testing available for patients suspected of the COVID-19 infection. If you are a Penn Medicine patient and are looking to determine whether testing is appropriate for you, please contact your health care provider directly. If you are not a Penn Medicine patient, please call 800-789-7366 to speak with a customer service representative who will help you schedule an appointment.
We also recommend referring to the City of Philadelphia’s COVID-19 testing website to understand all of your options for testing.
Learn more about COVID-19 testing and find a location
Additional Information on the Coronavirus
For more general information about COVID-19, both the World Health Organization and the CDC
offer helpful facts and information, including guidance about possible symptoms, prevention, and travel
restrictions. Learn more on their websites.