COVID-19: If You Have Symptoms COVID-19

Page updated on Jul 10, 2020 at 12:47 PM

If You Have Symptoms of COVID-19

There are a wide range of symptoms reported - and the symptoms can range from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. You may be suffering from Covid-19 if you have:

  • A cough, and/or
  • Shortness of breath (or difficulty breathing)

Or if you have at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated Shaking with Chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • New Loss of Taste or Smell

Get Medical Care

Call your primary care doctor and ask whether you should come for an exam or test. You can also call one of these healthcare facilities that provide COVID-19 screening and testing . 

If you receive conflicting information from these facilities, please call the COVID-19 Information Line at 703.746.4988, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Protect Your Loved Ones

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive, follow the guidelines in "What To Do If You Are Sick" ( Spanish | Amharic | Arabic | Farsi).

Anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness should isolate themselves; avoid contact with other people; wash their hands frequently; and disinfect surfaces regularly.

Return to Work

The Alexandria Health Department does not issue letters for return to work from isolation or quarantine. In addition, letters from healthcare providers are usually unnecessary since return to work is based on reported symptoms. We encourage employers and employees to communicate with each other and follow the guidelines in "When You Can Be Around Others" ( Spanish |  Amharic |  Arabic).

Learn More

If you have other questions about COVID-19, call the Alexandria COVID-19 Hotline at 703.746.4988, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Virginia residents can also call the Virginia Department of Health public information line,  877.ASK.VDH3, for questions about the novel coronavirus situation.

The Alexandria Health Department does not provide COVID-19 diagnosis or testing.