Symptoms of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is often very mild, and minor symptoms should not be ignored. If you have one or more symptoms of COVID-19, even if they're mild, contact your health care provider or call the Public Health Info-Line immediately.


Common signs of infection include:

  • Fever and /or
  • New cough or a cough that is getting worse

Other symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • A runny or congested nose (not allergies)
  • Chills

Other non-specific symptoms are:

  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue (feeling weak, tired, exhausted)
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Lost sense of taste or smell
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Rash
  • Severe chest pain
  • Having a very hard time waking up
  • Feeling confused
  • Lost consciousness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unexplained abnormally rapid heart rate
  • Chronic conditions getting worse

Non-specific symptoms for young children may include:

  • Lethargy (feeling sluggish, tired, exhausted)
  • Poor feeding

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Virus

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

  • The (novel) coronavirus is a new virus in this family
  • Across the globe, we're seeing 80 per cent of cases having mild to moderate illness. Elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions are often experiencing more severe illness.
  • Currently, there is no vaccine that protects against coronaviruses in humans
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