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.

Take a self-assessment

If you think you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you can try this quick, online self-assessment tool:

COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

This page last updated May 21, 2021 5:29pm PDT