Symptoms and testing

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

The common symptoms for COVID-19 are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of smell and/or taste
  • Tiredness

Not sure whether you should get tested? Please do the questionnaire/self check on: https://www.arubacovid19.org/

When to seek medical attention?

If you develop 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.

Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Prevention

You can take steps to protect yourself and others during a COVID-19 outbreak. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Person-to-person spread The virus is thought to spread mainly from...

Who needs extra precaution

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease, but based on currently available information these are the risk groups:  Older adults People who have severe underlying medical conditions - like heart/lung disease or diabetes People with moderate to severe asthma  People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher) People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis People with liver disease Peop...