COVID-19 Symptoms and Treatment

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe:

  • fever (temperature of 37.8ºC or higher)
  • chills
  • new or worsening cough (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)
  • loss of taste/smell
  • headache that is unusual or long-lasting
  • digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea)
  • muscle aches
  • extreme tiredness that is unusual (fatigue, lack of energy)
  • for adults: falling down often, stomach pain, pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • for young children and infants: sluggishness, lack of appetite

Click here if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19.

NOTE: If you have any of the following severe symptoms, call 911 or go directly to your nearest emergency department:

  • severe difficulty breathing (for example, struggling for each breath, speaking in single words)
  • severe chest pain
  • confusion (for example, unsure of where you are)
  • losing consciousness


For now, there is no specific treatment for most people with COVID-19 infection. Most people will recover on their own. Your healthcare provider may recommend steps you can take to relieve symptoms.

Symptom management is the primary focus of treating clients with this illness. Individuals usually recover with the supportive care that is regularly offered to manage pneumonia.

Related information:

If You Have Symptoms of COVID-19
COVID-19: Stop the Spread (Ontario Ministry of Health)

Eastern Ontatio Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l'Ontario