Early signs & symptoms of covid-19

Early signs and symptoms of coronavirus

This article is about what symptoms people had when they first got coronavirus Covid-19. We are collecting people’s experiences of having novel coronavirus from across the web and through our online form. Find out how you can share your Covid-19 story.

People who have had Covid-19 talk about it starting with these symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Aching body
  • Headache
  • Nausea

Paul says he had:

“full flu-like symptoms, weak, achey, all my muscles felt like they were constantly just like you know when you wake up in the morning and you don’t feel like you’ve got a proper grip…I had a cough at that point, started to have a little bit of high temperature as well”

Laura (31) says:

“My symptoms came from nowhere. I felt absolutely fine at work and then bang, all of the symptoms arrived at once. I had a high fever, shivers, intense aching pains in my back and neck, sore throat, painfully tight chest and fatigue.” Read the full story

People might get different combinations of these symptoms and they might come and go at different points.

Yogita – talking about her son Tanishk (aged 22) described his symptoms as:

“fever, headache, bodyache, tired. He was sore, especially lower body. Quite unlike him. He didn’t have sore throat or cough or breathlessness. He decided to continue quarantine/isolation for another two or three days. Next day, he was the same, very little cough but no improvement. Fever was slightly higher but not much 99.7 degrees. He was practically living in isolation at home already. He was sleeping for 16 hours a day. Rest of the time he attended online classes.” Read the full story.

Ryan, a student, says he was coughing up red phlegm and had exhaustion, night sweats and nausea:

“”I’m very relieved I recovered,”I couldn’t get out of bed when the fever was at its worst. I lost my appetite and could barely drink water.” Read the full story

Mild coronavirus

Some people talk about what it’s like to only have mild symptoms of coronavirus. Rebecca caught the virus on a cruise ship and was quarantined there.

“My symptoms were mild all along. I had a dry cough and light fever for about a week; the symptoms resolved within three days of being admitted to a hospital in Tokyo” Read the full story

Wendy, aged 55, says that, at first:

“I suffered from mild symptoms of headache, sore throat and fever” Read the full story

Carl in the USA says
“My chest feels tight and I have coughing spells. If I were at home with similar symptoms, I probably would have gone to work as usual.” Read the full story