What symptoms should I look out for?
Fever? Cough? Getting to grips with your symptoms can be tricky. If you’re struggling to spot the difference between COVID-19, a common cold, and the flu, we’re here to help. Check out our handy table below or keep scrolling for extra information about COVID-19 symptoms.
Recognising COVID-19 (coronavirus) symptoms
|Cough||Common* (usually dry & continuous)||Common (mild)||Common (usually dry)|
|Loss of smell or taste||Common*||Rare||Common|
|Shortness of breath||Sometimes||Rare||Rare|
|Runny or stuffy nose||Rare||Common||Sometimes|
|Aches & pains||Sometimes||Sometimes||Common (often severe)|
|Fatigue||Sometimes||Sometimes (mild)||Common (often severe & can last 2-3 weeks)|
What are the symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus)?
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
• Fever (higher than 37.8 degrees) – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back. You don’t need to take your temperature to work out if you have a fever, although it may be useful
• Cough (usually dry and continuous) – coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual
• Loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste – you can’t smell or taste anything, or you’ve noticed things smell or taste different
If you have any of these symptoms, you should follow the latest guidance from your local government on getting tested and self-isolating. If you think you have coronavirus, please do not go to a GP, pharmacy or a hospital.
Other possible symptoms of coronavirus include:
• Shortness of breath
• Sore throat
• Aches and pains
If you have any of the above symptoms and you’re not sure what to do, or if you're concerned about your symptoms and need medical advice, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service, or your local equivalent, to check what steps to take next.
Treating coronavirus symptoms
If you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms it’s important that you self-isolate, follow the latest guidance, and don’t go to the doctor or pharmacy. We’ve put some tips together below to help you manage your coronavirus symptoms:
Tips for easing a high temperature
Tips for helping with a cough
Try lying on your side at night, rather than your back, if you have a cough. Take a look at our range of cough syrups and pastilles for something that could help soothe your cough.
Tips on breathlessness
If you’re feeling breathless, try not to panic. Do your best to relax and take slow breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth until your breathlessness eases.
If you feel your breathlessness is getting worse, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service for more advice.