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Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) compared with common cold and flu

Everyone who gets COVID-19 will experience it a little differently, with different levels of severity and symptoms. This chart shows you the symptoms and compares them with a common cold and the flu. Download this chart (PNG, 260 KB ) .

Symptoms

COVID-19

Symptoms range from mild to severe

Cold

Gradual onset of symptoms

Flu

Abrupt onset of symptoms

FeverFever

Common

Rare

Common

CoughCough

Common

Common

Common

Sore throatSore throat

Sometimes

Common

Common

Shortness of breathShortness of breath

Sometimes

No

No

FatigueFatigue

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

Aches and painsAches and pains

Sometimes

No

Common

HeadacheHeadaches

Sometimes

Common

Common

Runny noseRunny or stuffy nose

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

DiarrheaDiarrhea

Rare

No

Sometimes
(Especially for children)

SneezeSneezing

No

Common

No