How can I manage my symptoms?

The below tables can also be found in your action plan template.

If you have mild symptoms, such as:

  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • dry cough
  • runny nose

You can manage these symptoms by:

  • getting enough rest
  • staying active (staying within my house and/or garden)
  • eating well
  • maintaining a good fluid intake
  • taking any medicines discussed with my GP (or other health provider)
  • taking paracetamol or ibuprofen for symptom relief.

Continue to monitor and document your symptoms in your ‘My daily symptom diary‘.

If you have any moderate symptoms, such as:

  • temperature above 38 degrees*
  • mild breathlessness or a persistent cough
  • vomiting or diarrhoea
  • struggling to get out of bed, and feeling unusually tired and weak
  • My daily symptom diary looking like it is tracking worse, rather than stable or better
  • oxygen level of 93–94%*
  • respiratory rate of 20–30 breaths per minute

Contact your general practice or usual health professional for review as soon as possible. If they are unavailable, call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.

If you have any severe symptoms, such as:

  • severe shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • lips or face turning blue
  • pain or pressure in my chest
  • cold and clammy, or pale and mottled, skin
  • confusion (eg I cannot recall the day, time or names)
  • fainting
  • finding it difficult to keep my eyes open
  • little or no urine output
  • coughing up blood
  • oxygen level of 92% or less*
  • respiratory rate of more than 30 breaths per minute*
  • heart rate staying at or above 120 beats per minute*

I call 000 immediately and let them know that I have COVID-19.

*Your individual age and general health may mean these symptoms are not all relevant or may need to be adapted.

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