Signs & Symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild to severe. Sometimes people with COVID-19 have mild illness, but their symptoms may suddenly worsen in a few days. Research shows that some symptoms are more likely related to COVID-19 than others.

Key symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills 
  • Cough
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Difficulty breathing

Other symptoms may include:

  • Sore throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme fatigue or tiredness
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea 

Children may show symptoms differently than adults.  For example, fatigue may show in children as poor feeding, decreased activity, or changes in behaviour. 

If you have any questions contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.


What to do if you have symptoms that may be COVID-19

  • Use the B.C. COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
  • See the BCCDC page on COVID-19 Testing for more information.
  • Once you have been tested you should self-isolate while you wait for the test results. 
  • If your test is negative you should not return to work or school until you are feeling better. 
  • If you feel unwell and are unsure about your symptoms, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.

You should continue to seek care for other medical conditions as needed, even if it’s not related to COVID-19. 

For more information: BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)

This page last updated Sep 22, 2021 2:06pm PDT