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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.