COVID-19 pandemic disease

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
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How COVID-19 compares with other illnessess?

What does being sick with COVID-19 look like compared with a cold or the flu? Check what types of symptoms show up for each illness and how often in the chart below. 
NOTE: If you have not been to a country or area with an outbreak of COVID-19 or have not had contact with someone who has, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the risk of getting the disease is low

Symptom Checker

Covid-19 Cold/Upper Respiratory Infection Allergies/Hay Fever Influenza
Diarrhea Sometimes Rare
Sore Throat Sometimes Common Sometimes
Runny Nose Sometimes Common Sometimes
Aches and Pains Sometimes Rare Common
Difficulty Breathing Severe Sometimes
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Dry Cough Common Sometimes Common
Fatigue(Tiredness) Common Sometimes Sometimes Common
Fever Common Rare Common
Stuffy Nose Common Common Sometimes
Watery Eyes Common
Sneezing Common Common Sometimes
COVID-19 vs. Allergies vs. Flu

What does being sick with COVID-19 look like compared with a cold or the flu? Check what types of symptoms show up for each illness and how often in our chart.

Information compiled from Florida Department of Health, CDC, World Health Organization Infographic by Christie Zizo/Spectrum News
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