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

The common symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever (a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees), a cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue and shortness of breath.

Everyone who gets COVID-19 will experience it a little differently.

People who have extreme symptoms or side effects from the virus may take weeks or months to recover fully, while people with a mild illness may feel completely better within a week or two.

Find out more about the symptoms of COVID-19 and how they compare with common cold and flu below. People may also experience other symptoms that are different to what is shown below, such as loss of smell, loss of taste, nausea or vomiting, or a loss of appetite. Symptoms can vary depending on each case.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, call your doctor or 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) and get tested.

Call emergency services on 000 if you are very sick.

Read more about on testing for COVID-19.

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

Sometimes

Common

HeadacheHeadaches

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

Runny noseRunny or stuffy nose

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

DiarrheaDiarrhea

Rare

No

Sometimes
(Especially for children)

SneezeSneezing

No

Common

Sometimes