“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. 

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, you may be feeling worried. Sonder members can chat 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 be 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.

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