Last updated: 30 March 2020 at 12.05pm
Symptoms of coronavirus
Common symptoms of coronavirus include:
- a fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above)
- a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
- shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
Compare symptoms of coronavirus, flu and cold
Symptoms range from mild to severe
Abrupt onset of symptoms
Gradual onset of symptoms
|Fever or chills||Common||Common||Rare|
|Cough||Common (usually dry)||Common (usually dry)||Mild|
|Aches and pains||Sometimes||Common||Common|
|Shortness of breath||Sometimes||No||No|
|Runny or Stuffy Nose||Rare||Sometimes||Common|
|Diarrhoea||Rare||Sometimes in children||No|
How coronavirus is spread
Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets.
You could get the virus if you:
- come into close contact with someone who has the virus and is coughing or sneezing
- touch surfaces that someone who has the virus has coughed or sneezed on and bring your unwashed hands to your face (eyes, nose or mouth)
As it's a new illness, we do not know how easily the virus spreads from person to person or how long the virus stays on surfaces. Spread is most likely from those who have symptoms.
The virus may survive for up to 2 days if someone who has it coughs or sneezes on a surface. Simple household disinfectants can kill the virus on surfaces. Clean the surface first and then use a disinfectant.
Deliveries of packages
You cannot get coronavirus from deliveries of packages or food. There's no evidence that animals or animal products legally imported into the EU are a health risk due to coronavirus.