Coronavirus Symptoms: What we know + older adults, children, pets/animals

Coronavirus New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six new symptoms to its list of possible coronavirus symptoms. This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Watch for symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.


Older adults are at higher risk

8 out of 10 deaths reported in the U.S. have been in adults 65 years old and older.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like:

  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • Diabetes

COVID-19 and Children

Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date. However, a few children have developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C).

Currently, information about this syndrome is limited. CDC is working with state and local health departments to learn more about MIS-C.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults.


Pets & Animals

At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Pets have other types of coronaviruses that can make them sick, like canine and feline coronaviruses. These other coronaviruses cannot infect people and are not related to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Although we know certain bacteria and fungi can be carried on fur and hair, there is no evidence that viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets.

However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals, such as washing your hands and maintaining good hygiene.


If you have the following warning signs, the CDC urges people to seek medical attention immediately: trouble breathing, bluish lips or face, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, and inability to arouse or new confusion.


New Mexico Coronavirus Resource Guide

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