Do you have coronavirus or a cold? CDC releases graphic to help people tell the difference
Crucial symptoms that suggest you may have contracted the coronavirus are a fever, a cough and shortness of breath.
According to a graphic released by the Center for Disease Control manifests itself with symptoms that are very similar to the common cold, the flu or allergies but a fever and shortness of breath in particular are believed to be tell-tale signs that you have COVID-19.
By answering yes or no to whether or not you have a fever, you can rule out the coronavirus, which it list as one of its main symptoms.
If you do have a fever, the flow chart than asks if you have shortness of breath. If yes, you may have the coronavirus, if not, you may have the flu.
Other symptoms of the virus are listed as a cough, fatigue, weakness and exhaustion.
Patients who contract the virus are said to experience mild to severe respiratory illness and symptoms can take anywhere between two and 14 days after exposure to appear.
Symptoms may also vary from person to person meaning that only a doctor can give you a correct diagnosis.
Those who believe they are showing these symptoms are recommended to seek medical advice.
The CDC advises that people avoid close contact with people who are sick, cover a cough or a sneeze with a tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces, avoid touching your face, and clean your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
Most importantly they advise to remain at home when sick except to get medical attention.