People with any of the COVID-19 symptoms who are close contacts of confirmed cases, have recently travelled overseas, or been in contact with recent travellers, should get assessed.

If you have symptoms but are unsure if you have been exposed to COVID-19, ring Healthline or your GP for advice. Over winter there are many other viruses about can cause you to feel unwell and have symptoms similar to those of COVID-19.

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • A cough;
  • A high temperature (at least 38 degrees Celsius);
  • Shortness of breath;
  • A sore throat;
  • Sneezing and a runny nose; and
  • Temporary loss of smell.

Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires medical attention. Symptoms can take up to 14 days to show after a person has been infected. The virus can be passed on to others before they know they have it – from up to two days before symptoms develop. If you have symptoms call Healthline, or your doctor immediately.

Who to contact

Call your doctor if you are feeling unwell or have any one of the COVID-19 symptoms and are a close contact of a confirmed case, have recently travelled overseas, or been in contact with recent travellers.

They will talk with you and arrange for you to be assessed if they think this is needed. This assessment will be based on your symptoms and circumstances.

Regardless of COVID-19, if you are feeling unwell and think that you need to be assessed by a doctor, you should make an appointment as you usually would.

You can also call Healthline on 0800 358 5453. This is free and you can call any time, it is open all day every day. Someone will talk with you about your symptoms and recommend whether you should see your GP or need emergency care. Healthline also has access to interpreters if you need one.

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