Describes the major symptoms of COVID-19.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. They are usually mild and begin gradually. They appear around 2 - 14 days with average symptoms showing up after 5 days of being infected.

Some symptoms appear less common than others.

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.

Most common symptoms:

  • Fever

  • Dry cough

  • Tiredness

    Less common symptoms:

  • Aches and pains

  • Sore throat

  • Diarrhoea

  • Conjunctivitis

  • Headache

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • A rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes

    Serious symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Chest pain or pressure

  • Loss of speech or movement

    Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.

    People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home.

    On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.

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