Updated: October 4

Symptoms of COVID-19

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 or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Report Your Symptoms, Any Close Contact, or a Positive Test

Students, faculty, and employees with symptoms; who are not vaccinated and come in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; receive a positive COVID-19 test regardless of vaccination status; or are diagnosed with COVID-19 must notify the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team.

Stay Home if You are Sick

Stay home and avoid contact with others. It is important that people who have symptoms of COVID-19 stay home and isolate from other people in your home.

  • Do not go out except for medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home. As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • If you have family or friends who are older adults or have chronic conditions, do not visit them if you feel sick.

Call ahead before going to any healthcare facility (including pharmacy).

Stay home until you meet the criteria to end home isolation. You will also need to be cleared by the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team before you will be permitted to enter NYU buildings. 

Where to Get Medical Care

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Coronavirus Self-Checker to help you make decisions about seeking medical care.

If you are a student, reach out to the Student Health Center; if you are a faculty member, researcher, or employee, reach out to your healthcare provider.