The most common symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue

Other symptoms that are less common and may affect some patients include:

    Loss of taste or smell,
    Nasal congestion,
    Conjunctivitis (also known as red eyes)
    Sore throat,
    Muscle or joint pain,
    Different types of skin rash,
    Nausea or vomiting,
    Chills or dizziness.

Symptoms of severe COVID‐19 disease include:

    Shortness of breath,
    Loss of appetite,
    Persistent pain or pressure in the chest,
    High temperature (above 38 °C).

Other less common symptoms are:

    Reduced consciousness (sometimes associated with seizures),
    Sleep disorders,
    More severe and rare neurological complications such as strokes, brain inflammation, delirium and nerve damage.

People of all ages who experience fever and/or cough associated with difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, or loss of speech or movement should seek medical care immediately. If possible, call your health care provider, hotline or health facility first, so you can be directed to the right clinic.

Long-term effects of COVID-19

Some people who have had COVID-19, whether they have needed hospitalization or not, continue to experience symptoms, including fatigue, respiratory and neurological symptoms.

WHO is working with our Global Technical Network for Clinical Management of COVID-19, researchers and patient groups around the world to design and carry out studies of patients beyond the initial acute course of illness to understand the proportion of patients who have long term effects, how long they persist, and why they occur.  These studies will be used to develop further guidance for patient care.

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