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 exposureto the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fever or chills
Muscle or body aches
Nausea or vomiting
Runny nose or stuffy nose
Recent loss of taste or smell
Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness. This list is not all inclusive.
To prevent infection with COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends frequent handwashing with soap and warm water; coughing and sneezing into your elbow or a tissue; avoid touching mouth, nose, and eyes; and if you are sick, stay at home.MORE
As of April 1, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should be tested. More on testing
People who think they have COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider. These people should NOT go directly to a healthcare facility without calling a healthcare provider (unless they are experiencing a medical emergency).
Quarantine and Isolation Information
Isolation and quarantine separate people who have or may have COVID-19 or another contagious disease from people who are not sick. Isolation is for people who are already sick whether or not they have symptoms. Quarantine is for people who are not sick, but have been exposed. More
Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 – either by a laboratory test or through symptom assessment by a healthcare provider – must isolate and stay in isolation until they meet the conditions described below. If you must isolate, that means:
Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
Do not use public transportation.
Separate yourself from other people in your home. As much as possible, you should stay in a different room from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. more
Help for Rhode Islanders living in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 is available. more
When can I end home isolation?
If you have COVID-19 and have symptoms, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
You have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and
Your symptoms have improved and
If you tested positive, at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared (20 days if you are immunocompromised*)
If you are not severely immunocompromised* and tested positive but never had symptoms, you must isolate for 10 days from the date of your first positive test.
Who must quarantine due to high risk for developing COVID-19?
Anyone arriving from another country must quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Rhode Island.
Anyone coming to Rhode Island for a non-work-related purpose from a hot spot within the US must quarantine for 14 days from arrival in Rhode Island. As an exception, you may provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that was taken within 72 hours before arriving in Rhode Island. more
Close contacts of someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days after the last time they had contact with the sick person. Even if you get a negative test result, you must still quarantine for 14 days.
If you have been identified as a contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you may be contacted by RIDOH. RIDOH will conduct an interview and will provide guidance on whether you need to quarantine and what that quarantine entails.