Classic COVID-19 Symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are currently considered to be:-
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Other COVID-19 Symptoms

Other symptoms of COVID-19 are being researched in the ZOE COVID Symptom study. More information about this study can be found at

Covid Symptom Study


ZOE COVID Symptom Study app contributors are offered a test if they report any of the potential symptoms of the disease, including:

  • Severe fatigue
  • Headache
  • Change or loss of smell (anosmia) or taste
  • Persistent cough
  • High temperature/fever
  • Diarrhoea
  • Unusual pains in the chest, abdomen or muscles
  • Sore throat or a hoarse voice
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Sudden confusion (delirium)
  • Skipping meals
  • Skin rash
  • Changes to the tongue or mouth ulcers.

Asthma and COVID-19


If you have allergies or asthma how do you know if your symptoms are normal or if you might have COVID-19. The table below shows the common symptoms of respiratory diseases. This based upon data published by the World Health Organisation and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America