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It is important to get tested for COVID-19 if you have any of the following symptoms :
- fever (or signs of fever, including chills or night sweats)
- runny nose
- sore or itchy throat
- shortness of breath
- loss of taste or smell.
Get tested if you have any of these symptoms, even if they are mild and even if you are vaccinated.
Read about options for COVID-19 testing.
COVID-19 can also present with the following symptoms that can occur on their own or combined with the other symptoms:
- muscle and joint pain
- loss of appetite
If you are experiencing these symptoms you should consider a COVID-19 test as part of managing your illness. Call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or your GP for more information.
Hay fever symptoms
Hay fever symptoms can be similar to COVID-19 symptoms, which is why anyone with hay fever symptoms is advised to stay home and get tested for COVID-19.
- runny, itchy, or blocked nose
- itchy, sore, and watery eyes
- a cough.
If a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is negative, and symptoms continue, our advice is to conduct a second RAT 24 hours later, or seek a PCR test. If the second RAT or PCR remains negative, this is sufficient evidence to enable a return to work, or for a student to return to school if they feel well.
If symptoms change or increase in severity, you may need to see your treating medical practitioner for review.