The symptoms of COVID-19 are like common illnesses such as a cold or influenza. You may have one or more of the following:
sneezing and runny nose
new or worsening cough
fever (at least 38˚C)
shortness of breath
temporary loss of smell
altered sense of taste.
Less typical symptoms may include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, or confusion/irritability.
Symptoms tend to appear 5 days after a person has been infected but can take 14 days to show. The virus can be passed on to others before they know they have it – from up to 2 days before symptoms develop. Additionally, it is possible to be infected without having any symptoms.
Stay home if you are sick, and call Healthline for advice on getting a test: phone 0800 358 5453.
Wash your hands well and often with soap and hot water
Keep track of where you have been with the NZ COVID Tracer app and turn on Bluetooth
Wear a face mask on public transport, and when physical distancing is difficult.