If you’re wondering what the coronavirus symptoms are, or what to do if you experience signs of infection, you’ll want to take a look at this informative article from AARP.org, written by Rachel Nania.

In brief, the article reports on COVID-19’s typical symptoms, as told to the author by a doctor who has been overseeing quarantined patients.

There’s usually a cough that accompanies it — sometimes shortness of breath. But for people with a mild case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, that’s pretty much the extent of unpleasant symptoms, says Mike Wadman, an emergency physician and co-medical director of the National Quarantine Unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where 15 Americans who were onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship are being treated or observed for the illness.

If COVID-19 doesn’t sound much different from the cold, flu or any other respiratory illness that circulates seasonally, you’re right. “There is a lot of overlap,” Wadman says.

In fact, some of his patients tell him the coronavirus illness is a lot like the flu; a handful have reported it’s not as bad. Influenza typically comes with a longer list of symptoms, such as nasal congestion, sore throat, muscle aches, vomiting and diarrhea. “And we’re really not seeing that in the patients we’ve seen here with COVID-19,” Wadman says.

Here’s a link to the complete article: This Is What a Coronavirus Infection Feels Like