For most people, COVID-19 symptoms will be mild and can be managed at home. They can be similar to cold and flu symptoms. Some people have no symptoms. Symptoms tend to show 2 to 5 days after you have been infected with COVID-19, but it can take up to 14 days.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include 1 or more of the following:
- a new or worsening cough
- sneezing and runny nose
- a fever
- temporary loss of smell, or altered sense of taste
- sore throat
- shortness of breath (this is a sign of possible pneumonia that requires urgent attention)
- fatigue or feeling tired.
Less common symptoms include:
- runny poo (diarrhoea)
- muscle pain or body aches
- nausea and vomiting
- a general feeling of discomfort, illness or unease
- chest, abdominal, and joint pain
- confusion or irritability.
These less common symptoms almost always occur with 1 or more of the common symptoms.
It is important to keep an eye on symptoms, whether they are your own, or those of a whānau member or friend.
Worsening COVID-19 symptoms
Worsening symptoms can include:
- new or worse trouble with breathing
- severe dehydration such as a very dry mouth, not peeing very much, feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- severe headache.
If symptoms get worse or you need advice on how to manage them, call your:
- usual healthcare provider
- Healthline on 0800 358 5453
Older people, ethnic minorities, and those with underlying medical conditions are more at risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.