If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.

The virus will affect individuals differently. Most people who come in contact with the virus will experience a mild illness but can still spread the virus to others, which is why isolation from others is important. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever (a temperature of 37.5˚C or higher)
  • chills or night sweats
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • tiredness (fatigue)
  • difficulty breathing
  • headache
  • muscle pain (myalgia)
  • loss of sense of smell (anosmia)
  • distortion of sense of taste (dysgeusia)
  • nausea and vomiting
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • runny nose
  • acute blocked nose (congestion).1

Uncommon symptoms may also occur. These include chest pain, diarrhoea and conjunctivitis.

If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you should consider being tested for COVID and seek medical advice early. If you think you could have contracted COVID-19, you should call ahead before visiting a doctor.


  1. (2021, July). About coronaviruses. Retrieved from healthdirectth: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/about-coronaviruses

Updated 21 July 2021