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Symptoms of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Even if you think you only have allergies, the common cold or flu, it's important to follow the guidance related to COVID-19. Since they are different, it's possible to have more than one at the same time.

Self-isolate at home if you have any of the following symptoms that are new or getting worse, even if you're fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or previously tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever / chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
  • Two or more of:
    • Fatigue, lethargy, or malaise (general feeling of being unwell, lack of energy, extreme tiredness)
    • Myalgias (muscle aches or pain)
    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    • Sore throat (painful swallowing or difficulty swallowing)
    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Headache

Less common COVID-19 symptoms include the following. You should stay home until symptoms are improving.

  • Abdominal pain that is persistent or ongoing (not related to other known causes or conditions, for example menstrual cramps or gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye, not related to other known causes or conditions, for example recurrent styes)
  • For young children: decreased or lack of appetite

Learn about guidance for self-isolation.

See testing for important information on what your results mean, including what to do if you test negative for COVID-19.


It's possible to be reinfected with COVID-19. Even if you previously tested positive for COVID-19, if you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, follow the guidance for self-isolation and get tested if you can access a test as you may be infected again.

The best protection is staying up to date with all recommended doses of COVID-19 and using layers of protection.

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