When is a cold not a cold?

With the recent arrival of COVID-19 virus it has become important for us to recognise cold and flu symptoms and to determine when to contact your doctor for further advice.

Common cold symptoms:

  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of voice
  • Mild cough
  • Sneezing

Influenza/virus symptoms:

  • Temperature
  • Hot/cold chills
  • Aching throughout the body/joints
  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness/fatigue
  • Chest discomfort when coughing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of taste and smell

The current government health recommendations is that anyone displaying ANY cold or flu symptoms, even if very mild, should be immediately tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate until the results are known. If any of your cold symptoms become more severe and/or develop further please arrange a phone consult with your GP. For the latest advice regarding COVID-19 please follow this link to the government SA Health website: Public Health Alert

At any time you can always phone your nearest Pro Health Care and ask to speak to the practice nurse to discuss your symptoms.

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