Common symptoms of Covid-19

Common symptoms of Covid-19

In most people, Covid-19 manifests as a respiratory tract infection, and many different symptoms may be present.

Among the reported symptoms are:

  • cough
  • fever
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • blocked nose
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • muscle or joint pain
  • nausea

A person falling ill with Covid-19 may experience one or more of these symptoms. It is fairly common to lose one’s sense of smell and taste for some time during an infection in the upper respiratory tract. Diarrhea has also been reported as a symptom.

Most people who get the virus do not become seriously ill, but a number of cases with more severe symptoms including breathing difficulties and pneumonia have been reported.

The time between getting infected and developing symptoms (the incubation period) seems to be between 2 and 14 days. Most people develop symptoms after 5 days.

If you are ill

It is vital that you stay home if you feel ill and for as long as you are ill, even if you only have mild symptoms so as not to risk infecting others. If you are unable to self-care at home, call 1177 for medical advice. (available in English).

Wait for at least two days after you recover before going back to work or school.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden: Protect yourself and others from spread of infection