Symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) are:

COVID-19 symptoms can be like symptoms of cold, flu or hay fever.

Less common symptoms

Less common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this could mean they're completely gone or just different to normal
  • nasal congestion (runny or blocked nose)
  • conjunctivitis (also known as red eye or pink eye)
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • muscle or joint pain (aches and pains)
  • different types of skin rash
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • chills or dizziness
Severe symptoms

Symptoms of severe COVID‐19 include:

You may not have all of the symptoms or your symptoms may be mild.

You can still get infected if you are fully vaccinated. But your symptoms may be mild.

It can take up to 14 days after you are infected for symptoms to show. You can spread COVID-19 during this time.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones, you should:

Do these even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccination, or had COVID-19 in the past.

Certain groups of people with symptoms should get a COVID-19 test.


Do not attend a vaccination appointment if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Non-urgent advice: Contact your GP if:

Your GP may ask for your Eircode and PPS number to book a COVID-19 test for you.

Immediate action required: Call 112 or 999 if:

  • you are very short of breath and cannot complete a sentence

Page last reviewed: 27 February 2022