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Symptoms of COVID-19


Symptoms may include:

  • Fever/Chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat/hoarse voice
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Vomiting, diarrhea for more than 24 hours
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatique
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Headache
  • Skin rash of unknown cause
  • Poor feeding in an infant
  • Nausea or loss of appetite


While many people will develop only mild symptoms, some groups appear to be more vulnerable to COVID-19. Those at higher risk typically develop more serious, even fatal, symptoms such as pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome and kidney failure.


High risk groups include those:

  • 60 years of age and older
  • living with chronic health conditions (e.g. diabetes, heart, renal or chronic lung conditions)
  • with weakened immune systems (e.g. cancer)

Symptoms of COVID-19 or other coronaviruses may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.


When should I get Tested?

Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear.

You should still be tested even if your symptoms are very mild or if they start to improve after 24 hours. It is important to get tested as soon as symptoms appear, as tracing and isolating contacts in a timely manner is important to limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

COVID-19 Symptoms - If you have one symptom listed in column A, OR two or more symptoms listed in column B, you should immediately isolate yourself and use the online screening tool or call Health Links - Info Santé (204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257) for further instructions, including where to go for testing and/or assessment.

A B
Fever/Chills Runny nose
Cough Muscle aches
Sore throat/hoarse voice Fatigue
Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
Loss of taste or smell Headache
Vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours Skin rash of unknown cause
  Poor feeding if an infant
  Nausea or loss of appetite

Self-Isolation means staying home and keeping away from others, including household members if possible. You should continue isolating for 10 days from the day symptoms started and until you no longer have a fever and the other symptoms are gone. If you get tested for COVID-19 and your test results are negative, you will be required to continue home isolation until you are symptom-free for 24 hours (but if you have been exposed to COVID-19 through close contact with a case or travel, you will need to continue isolating for the full 14 days from last exposure).

If your symptoms worsen (e.g., shortness of breath, breathing difficulties), or if you have questions or concerns, please call Health Links - Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257.