Symptoms of COVID-19

COVID-19 symptoms are similar to influenza and other respiratory illnesses. Symptoms of COVID-19 may not show for up to 14 days after exposure and may be difficult to detect because they are similar to having a cold or the flu.


Some of the more commonly reported symptoms include:

  • new or worsening cough shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • temperature equal to or over 38°C
  • feverish chills
  • fatigue or weakness
  • muscle or body aches
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • headache
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting) feeling very unwell

Children have been more commonly reported to have abdominal symptoms, and skin changes or rashes. Symptoms range from mild – like the flu and other common respiratory infections – to severe.


If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19 you can take a Self Assessment Test. Health Canada has created a tool that incorporates both national and provincial specific COVID-19 self assessment tools.

Information Links on COVID-19

Your provincial authority is the best place for the latest information & support on COVID-19 in your community:


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Newfoundland & Labrador –  

Quebec –

Ontario –

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Alberta –

British Columbia – o

Yukon –

Northwest Territories –

Health Canada –


Your local RxHealthMed pharmacists and staff will continue to be an important part of healthcare delivery in your community as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic together.