If you have cold or flu symptoms, call your doctor, iwi health provider or Healthline 0800 358 5453. They will let you know if you should have a COVID-19 test.
Does my cough, runny nose or sore throat mean I have COVID-19?
The possible symptoms of COVID-19 are broad and range from no symptoms at all through to increasing breathing problems that mean you need to go straight to hospital. They include:
- a new or worsening cough
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- head cold, eg, a runny or nose, sneezing, post-nasal drip (mucus running down the back of your nose to your throat)
- loss of smell
- with or without fever.
However, the most common cause of a cough, sore throat or runny nose is a viral infection such as a cold or the flu. If you have cold or flu symptoms, call your doctor, iwi health provider or Healthline 0800 358 5453. They will let you know if you should have a COVID-19 test. See also when to get a COVID-19 test, community-based testing centres and nasal swab tests for COVID-19.
What should I do if I don't need a COVID-19 test?
- runny nose or cold symptoms
- sore throat (if you or your child are aged 3–35 and Māori or Pasifika, see your nurse/doctor for a throat swab and antibiotics, as you are at risk of strep throat)
- sore throat in children
- cough in adults
- cough in children
- cold or the flu?
Seek urgent medical advice if you or someone you are caring for develops any of these danger symptoms:
If you are unsure what to do, phone Healthline free on 0800 611 116 or your doctor for advice.