The common symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to symptoms from a cold or the flu:
- Dry cough
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of sense of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
Some people can experience different symptoms, e.g. nausea and vomiting.
The symptoms can vary from person to person and whether you have a fever or not, does not determine whether you have COVID-19 or not
If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection or have COVID-19 symptoms
If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection and feel unwell, it is recommended that you stay at home until you are well again.
You may be tested by the health services if there is a special healthcare reason for doing so. For example, you may have symptoms of a respiratory infection or have COVID-19 symptoms and are 65 years old or older, are pregnant or have a chronic disease or condition that increases the risk of you becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.
When you are vaccinated, you must follow the same infection prevention recommendations that everyone else follows. In other words, you should take action if you develop COVID-19 symptoms, including isolating and paying attention to hygiene and cleaning.
This is because the vaccines are not 100% effective and there is therefore a small risk that you can be infected by COVID-19 even though you are vaccinated. In addition, it is not yet documented whether the vaccination prevents the vaccinated person from carrying the virus and subsequently spreading it to others without having any symptoms.