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Understand the symptoms – infographic – text version

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The COVID-19 virus has similar symptoms to cold and flu. Use this image learn the difference.

Aches and pain

  • COVID-19 — sometimes
  • Colds — rare
  • Flu — common

Cough

  • COVID-19 — common (usually dry)
  • Colds — common
  • Flu — common (usually dry)

Diarrhoea

  • COVID-19 — rare
  • Colds — no
  • Flu — sometimes (children)

Fatigue

  • COVID-19 — sometimes
  • Colds — sometimes
  • Flu — common

Fever

  • COVID-19 — common
  • Colds — rare
  • Flu — common

Headache

  • COVID-19 — sometimes
  • Colds — common
  • Flu — common

Runny or stuffy nose

  • COVID-19 — sometimes
  • Colds — common
  • Flu — sometimes

Shortness of breath

  • COVID-19 — sometimes
  • Colds — no
  • Flu — no

Sneezing

  • COVID-19 — no
  • Colds — common
  • Flu — no

Sore throat

  • COVID-19 — sometimes
  • Colds — common
  • Flu — common

Click here to view the Understand the symptoms infographic.

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Last reviewed: April 2020


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