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COVID-19: FAQ - Symptoms and where to get help

Sonder Safe   |   Mar 18, 2020 3:29:52 PM
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What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, and what should I do if I feel unwell?

Remember, if you have questions about any of the information in this article and your individual circumstances, members can "Swipe for Help" in their Sonder app, or you can call us on +61 (02) 8379 7799. 

Q: What are ‘flu-like symptoms’ and how does this relate to COVID-19?

A: “Flu-like symptoms” is a term often used by healthcare professionals to describe a collection of symptoms that may occur with influenza (the flu). They are also often associated with other illnesses, and are generally used to collectively refer to:

  • Coughing and sneezing
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • body aches and pains
  • fever
  • headache
  • fatigue

The combination and the severity of the individual symptoms can help to determine or rule out the type of infection.  Sometimes, these symptoms are just a passing sickness and a sign that your body needs rest. While sneezing and headaches aren't primary symptoms of COVID-19, a dry cough, sore throat, fever and fatigue could mean you may be infected. 

Q: What should I do if I get a sore throat / cough?

A: As you may know, a cough and sore throat are symptoms of COVID-19.  So if you are experiencing either of these, you may be feeling worried. Sonder members can “Swipe for help” to be connected to our support team for more specific recommendations regarding your circumstances. If you don't have a membership with Sonder, call us on +61 (02) 8379 7799 or use HealthDirect’s online symptom checker.

Your symptoms may relieved by getting plenty of rest, drinking plenty of fluids, keeping warm, avoiding smoking cigarettes, eating a healthy diet and gargling with warm salty water. Read more tips here.

Where can I get information in other languages?

Translated Coronavirus resources (AUS)

Translated Coronavirus Resources (NZ)