COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus, 2019-nCoV) : Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 4/28/2020

SARS-CoV-2 (2019 novel coronavirus2019-nCoV, coronavirus) is a new virus that researchers first identified in Wuhan province, China, in late 2019. Infection with SARS-CoV-2 causes an illness called COVID-19. The virus has rapidly spread from China to other countries, including the U.S.

Symptoms of COVID-19 vary in severity. These can include flu-like symptoms such as

On occasion, people may also have signs and symptoms that include diarrhea, a sore throat, a stuffy or runny nose, and body aches and pains.

In some people, the symptoms progressed to organ failure and death.

Cause of COVID-19

The cause of the illness is a novel coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Other viruses of this type have been responsible for outbreaks of pneumonia and related illnesses such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Other wuhan coronavirus (2019-ncov) symptoms and signs

  • Body Aches and Pains
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Loss of Sense of Smell (Anosmia)
  • Loss of Sense of Taste (Ageusia)
  • Muscle Pain
  • Runny Nose
  • Shaking Chills
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sore Throat
  • Stuffy Nose

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)." Jan. 26, 2020. <>.