COVID-19 is a virus strain, formerly referred to as novel coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Reports of illness from this virus are now found throughout the globe, including cases in St. Charles County.
People with COVID-19 illness report a wide range of symptoms, from mild or no ailments to severe illness. Symptoms typically appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include:
- dry cough.
- shortness of breath/difficulty breathing.
- repeated shaking with chills.
- muscle pain
- sore throat.
- new loss of taste or smell.
For additional information on symptoms, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.