Are COVID-19 symptoms different for children?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with the virus generally have mild symptoms and recover within one to two weeks. Symptoms in children include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Tiredness
  • Headache and muscle aches
  • Refusing to eat or drink

There is more to be learned about how the disease impacts children. For example, it’s not yet known whether some children may be at higher risk for severe illness, such as children with underlying medical conditions and special healthcare needs.