What are the common symptoms I might have with COVID-19?
Most people with COVID-19 only experience mild symptoms. The most commonly reported symptoms include:
- loss of taste and/or smell
- respiratory symptoms – coughing, increased phlegm or sputum.
Other symptoms associated with COVID-19 can include:
- sore throat
- mild shortness of breath
- muscle or joint pains
- runny nose
- intermittent nausea/vomiting
- intermittent diarrhoea.
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)
- 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.