Managing COVID-19

COVID-19 Symptoms

Common COVID-19 symptoms include:

• Fever

• Cough

• Loss of smell and/or taste

Other less-common symptoms include:

• Sore throat

• Runny or stuffy nose

• Fatigue

• Shortness of breath

• Headache

• Aches and pains

• Vomiting or nausea

• Diarrhoea

Some of these symptoms can also occur with the common cold, influenza or hayfever.

Testing for COVID-19

If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or

experiencing any of these symptoms, you can test for

COVID-19 using a Rapid Antigen Test. A result is provided

in about 15 minutes. Rapid Antigen Tests can detect the

virus in the early stages of infection — especially in the

week before and the week after symptoms appear.

If you get a negative test, you can use symptomatic

treatment and monitor your condition. It is

recommended to rest and keep up your fluid intake (e.g.

water) and to mix as little as possible with other people

to prevent any spread.

If you get a positive result from a Rapid Antigen Test,

you need to avoid mixing with people straight away and

attend a testing station for a PCR test as this is the most

reliable way to diagnose COVID-19.

common cold, influenza or hayfever.

Treating and Monitoring COVID-19 Symptoms

Mild to moderate cases can be managed by resting and

keeping up your fluid intake and not mixing with other

people. Symptomatic treatments such as paracetamol

or ibuprofen can be used if needed. Your pharmacist

can assist with what is appropriate for your situation.

Thermometers, hand sanitiser and face masks are also

available from your community pharmacy.

You should also monitor and record your symptoms

in case your condition gets worse. If you live alone, ask

a family member or friend to contact you twice a day

at agreed times to check you are ok. Tell your support

person to call 000 if they cannot contact you at the

agreed times.

The following symptoms could indicate a more severe or

serious illness and should be treated in hospital:

• Worsening shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Blue lips or face

• Pain or pressure in the chest

• Cold and clammy, or pale and mottled, skin

• Fainting or collapse

• Being more confused

• Becoming difficult to wake up

• Less urine (wee) than normal, even when drinking


• Coughing up blood

Contact the emergency department (ED) before

attending to inform them that you’re a confirmed

COVID-19 case. Wear a surgical mask at all times and

report directly to staff that you’re a confirmed COVID-19

case. If you cannot get yourself to the ED, call 000 for


Disclaimer: This information sheet is intended as a tool to support pharmacists in assisting people to manage and monitor

COVID-19 symptoms. Every effort has been made to ensure that the content of this information sheet is correct at the date

of publication. This information sheet does not replace official government advice or guidelines. Pharmacists should stay

up to date with the latest information on managing COVID-19 by consulting to ensure that this

information is appropriate for their practice, patients, and clients.

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