What are the common symptoms I might have with COVID-19?

Common symptoms

Most people with COVID-19 only experience mild symptoms. The most commonly reported symptoms include:

  • fever
  • fatigue
  • loss of taste and/or smell
  • respiratory symptoms – coughing, increased phlegm or sputum.



Other symptoms associated with COVID-19 can include:

  • headache
  • sore throat
  • mild shortness of breath
  • muscle or joint pains
  • runny nose
  • chills
  • intermittent nausea/vomiting
  • intermittent diarrhoea.


Severe symptoms

Some symptoms could indicate more severe or serious illness, so they should be treated in a hospital.

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*

Call 000 immediately and let them know that I have COVID-19. Tell them you have severe symptoms, and that you need an ambulance.

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

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