Symptoms of COVID-19

As stated by the Ministry of Health the most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever (feeling hot to the touch, a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher)
  • chills
  • cough that's new or worsening (continuous, more than usual)
  • barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing (croup)
  • shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breathe deeply)
  • sore throat
  • difficulty swallowing
  • runny, stuffy or congested nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions)
  • lost sense of taste or smell
  • pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • headache that’s unusual or long lasting
  • digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain)
  • muscle aches
  • extreme tiredness that is unusual (fatigue, lack of energy)
  • falling down often
  • for young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite

COVID-19 and the flu share similar symptoms. If you haven’t received this year’s flu vaccine, you may have the flu. For information about the flu and where to get the flu vaccine, please see facts on the flu and where to get a vaccine.

For an updated list of COVID-19 symptoms please see Symptoms and treatment information by Province of Ontario

If you think you have symptoms or are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please visit one of THP’s Assessment Centres. No referrals are required. For details on the locations and hours, see Assessment Centres page