Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience symptoms such as:

  • Fever

  • Respiratory symptoms including coughing, sore throat and/or shortness of breath.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Runny nose

  • Headache or fatigue

  • Muscle or joint pains

  • Nausea or loss of appetite

  • Diarrhoea or vomiting

  • Temporary loss of sense of smell or altered sense of taste

If you notice one or more of these symptoms, avoid contact with others and immediately get a rapid antigen test or PCR test. If you return a positive result on either test, you have COVID-19 and need to immediately isolate immediately.

If you're not sure or have questions regarding your symptoms, seek professional medical advice from your GP.  Please note, you should not visit your GP, medical centre or hospital without calling them first.

If you prefer, you can check your symptoms online using the Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptom Checker from HealthDirect or call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.

In New Zealand, call Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116.

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Information sourced from the Australian Department of Health.

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