Once you’re infected, it usually takes between five days and two weeks before symptoms appear. This stage is called "pre-symptomatic." When people are pre-symptomatic, the amount of virus they shed from the nose and mouth is extremely high, putting others around them in danger.
In general, coughing is your body’s way of responding to irritation and is usually considered normal and healthy. But sometimes a persistent cough is a warning sign of something more complex, including lung cancer.
“Cancer patients have to be warriors all the time, but I don’t consider myself one. I had a lot of help from everyone at Roswell — the positivity from everyone at the front desk, the nurses and everyone I met."