Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus affecting humans.

Some coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Signs and Symptoms: 

Symptoms reported in identified cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus include:
FatigueFeeling unusually tired
Loss of smellLoss of smell
Loss of tasteLoss of taste
Sore throatSore throat with or without runny nose
Shortness of breathTrouble breathing
Vomiting or nauseaVomiting or feeling ill
HeadacheProlonged headache

Other symptoms people may experience include muscle or joint pain, and loss of appetite.

Everyone who gets COVID-19 will experience it a little differently.

People who have extreme symptoms or side effects from the virus may take weeks or months to recover fully, while people with a mild illness may feel completely better within a week or two.

Symptoms can vary depending on each case.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, you should contact your local doctor or call 134 COVID (13 24 68).

People with suspected COVID-19 will be tested.


Most people will have minor symptoms just as you would for many other mild viruses, particularly if you are vaccinated and otherwise healthy. Most people will be able to manage their symptoms at home while isolating.

You can use the healthdirect Australia COVID-19 Symptom and Antiviral Eligibility Checker if you’re unsure what kind of care you may need.

Other resources: 

Help and assistance: 

  • For help with managing COVID-19 symptoms call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. Press 8 if you need an interpreter.
  • For further information on COVID-19 novel coronavirus, contact 134 COVID (13 24 68).