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Patients with COVID-19 have reported symptoms similar to other respiratory illnesses, including mild to severe fever, cough and shortness of breath, the CDC reports. Many patients with severe complications from the virus develop pneumonia and may require assistance breathing with a ventilator.


The CDC is asking anyone who experiences symptoms to call their health care provider or local health department for advice before seeking care to avoid spreading germs to others. 


However, if you develop emergency warning signs — pain or pressure in the chest, disorientation or confusion, a blue tint in your face or lips, or difficulty breathing or shortness of breath — get medical attention immediately, health officials warn.


Doctors who suspect COVID-19 can order a test. New legislation, signed into law March 18, makes coronavirus tests available at no cost.

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