Symptoms of COVID-19 icon

People with a confirmed case of COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms which can range from mild to severe.

About 3 in 4 people who develop COVID-19 will do so in the first 7 days after they are exposed.

However, about 1 in 4 people still develop COVID-19 between day 7 and 14.

Make sure you’re ready by preparing a COVID-ready kit.

Common symptoms of COVID-19

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • runny or blocked nose

Other symptoms of COVID-19

  • muscle pain
  • joint pain
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea
  • headache
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • fatigue
  • unexplained chest pain
  • conjunctivitis (eye infection)

Note: Numerous COVID-19 symptoms are also experienced as part of seasonal allergies, such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose.

When to seek emergency medical attention

If someone is showing any of these signs, call triple zero (000) immediately:

  • trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest lasting more than 10 minutes
  • severe dizziness, drowsiness or new confusion
  • inability to wake or stay awake
  • unable to stand
  • pale, grey, or blue-coloured skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

Related information

About COVID-19 tests

Where to get tested in the ACT

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: April 19 2022