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.

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.
  • To protect yourself and others from COVID-19, wear a mask and watch your distance any time you’re near people you don’t live with, limit social contact to only the people you live with, and stick to essential activities. MORE
  • 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 first unless they are experiencing a medical emergency.
  • Rhode Island now has a doctor-recommended treatment for COVID-19  that's fast, easy, and highly effective. If you test positive for COVID-19 and are 65 or older or  have an underlying health condition, immediately call your healthcare provider  and ask about treatment. The earlier you start treatment, the more effective it  is.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

If you have any of these emergency warning signs for COVID-19, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital right away. Tell them you have 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.

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. Learn more about who needs to quarantine and what to do if you or a close contact has COVID-19. More

General Rhode Island Information and Guidance RI Info

People with general questions about COVID-19 can call 401-222-8022.

Please see updated information from CDC (this may take a moment to load). For answers to frequently asked questions, please read the RIDOH/CDC fact sheet.

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