Common symptoms and what to do

Key points about common symptoms and what to do

  • With lots of different sicknesses going around, it can be difficult to figure out what your symptoms might mean. 
  • Below is a list of common illnesses and symptoms that you might be experiencing.
  • If you have any of these symptoms, first of all check that they are not COVID-19 by doing a RAT test.
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With COVID still circulating, it's important to rule that out by doing a RAT test. If the result is positive, read more about what to do next.

If the result is negative,  keep reading to find out more about:

  • how you can take care of yourself and your whānau at home
  • what to watch out for
  • when to seek medical advice.
If you are worried and want to talk to someone about symptoms you or your whānau are experiencing, call Healthline on 0800 611 116 to talk to a trained health professional. Otherwise, talk to your local pharmacist about how to manage your symptoms.


A high temperature (fever over 38ºC)

This can relate to:


2. A cough (adults or children)

This can relate to:

A sore throat (adults or children)

This can relate to:

Other common symptoms

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