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Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Everyone who gets COVID-19 will experience it differently.

Most people who are vaccinated will experience mild symptoms. People are not vaccinated can expect more severe symptoms.

Common symptoms

FeverFever
CoughCough
Sore throatSore throat
Shortness of breathShortness of breath
Runny noseRunny nose
HeadacheHeadache
FatigueFatigue
DiarrhoeaDiarrhoea
Vomiting or nauseaVomiting or nausea
Loss of smellLoss of smell
Loss of tasteLoss of taste

Get tested

If you get any symptoms of COVID-19, get tested.

No matter the result of your test, you should stay home until you are well again.

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If you get COVID-19

If your COVID-19 test is positive, it means you have COVID-19.

Learn what to do if you have COVID-19.

Most people, especially those who are vaccinated, will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.

Symptoms of COVID-19, compared with flu, common cold and allergies

If you have symptoms, it is very difficult to tell if you have COVID-19, the flu, a cold or allergies. You should get tested to be sure.

Symptoms COVID-19

Symptoms range from mild to severe

Cold

Gradual onset of symptoms

Flu

Abrupt onset of symptoms

Allergies*

May be abrupt or gradual onset of symptoms

FeverFever

Common

Rare

Common

No

CoughCough

Common

Common

Common

Common (asthma)

Sore throatSore throat

Sometimes

Common

Common

Sometimes (itchy throat and palate)

Shortness of breathShortness of breath

Sometimes

No

No

Common (asthma)

FatigueFatigue

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

Loss of tasteLoss of smell

Loss of smell and/or taste

Common

Common

Common

Common (hay fever)

Aches and painsAches and pains

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

No

HeadacheHeadaches

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

Runny noseRunny or stuffy nose

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

Common

DiarrheaDiarrhoea

Rare

No

Sometimes
(Especially for children)

No

SneezeSneezing

No

Common

Sometimes

Common

SneezeVomiting or nausea

Sometimes

Rare

Common in children
Rare in adults

No

Adapted from material produced by Australian Government Department of Health, WHO, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

* Respiratory allergies include allergic rhinitis (hay fever), and allergic asthma. Other common symptoms of hay fever include itchy nose and itchy, watery eyes.