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What Are the Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)?

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Last Updated Aug 21, 2020

Not only has the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) disrupted people's lives, but it has also changed everything we thought we knew about the cold and flu.

COVID-19 has incited fear as the number of people it has infected and killed continues to rise globally. The Australian government has put protective measures in place to control the spread of the disease.

Still, people remain fearful because the symptoms of COVID-19 are difficult to detect. It has been compared with other respiratory diseases such as SARS, H1N1, MERS, as well as the flu.

To this day, the coronavirus disease remains without a cure but being able to differentiate its symptoms from other conditions will enable you to take the proper action in case your body calls out for help.


(Symptoms range from mild to severe)

(Gradual onset of symptoms)

(Abrupt onset of symptoms)

 Fever Common Rare Common
 Fatigue Sometimes Sometimes Common
 Cough Common (usually dry) Mild Common (usually dry)
 Sneezing No Common No
 Aches and Pains Sometimes Common Common
 Runny or Stuffy Nose Rare Common Sometimes
 Sore Throat Sometimes Common Sometimes
 Diarrhea Rare No Sometimes for children
 Headaches Sometimes Rare Common
 Shortness of Breath Sometimes No No

Source: World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Disclaimer: The above information is only a guide from WHO. If you feel unwell, please visit your nearest GP to get a clinical diagnosis.

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Originally published on Mar 23, 2020

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