About COVID-19 Disease

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019.

For the latest information on Rhode Island specific COVID-19 numbers, see RIDOH's COVID-19 Disease Data webpage.


7 Tools for Protection Against COVID-19

Medical Information

  • 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:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever or chills
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Runny nose or stuffy nose
    • Fatigue
    • Recent loss of taste or smell
    Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness. This list does not include all possible symptoms.
  • If you get symptoms of COVID-19, isolate at home, call your healthcare provider, and get a COVID-19 test. Do not go directly to a healthcare facility without calling a healthcare provider first unless you are experiencing a medical emergency.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, are age 12 or older, and have mild to moderate symptoms, call your healthcare provider right away and ask about treatment. Treatment is most important if you are at high risk of becoming very sick from COVID-19. The earlier you start treatment, the more effective it is.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe, highly effective against serious illness, and reduce the risk of infecting others. Get vaccinated when it's available to you. 
  • Learn more ways to protect your household from COVID-19. 

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

If you or anyone you know is having the following symptoms of COVID-19, call 911 or get yourself or that person to the nearest hospital right away. Tell 911 or the hospital you or that person has COVID-19:

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

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.