What are the early symptoms in children?

Symptoms of COVID-19 in children and young adults are more likely to be mild.


Early symptoms of coronavirus infection in children are similar to those in adults.

Fever and cough appear to be the common symptoms of COVID-19 that people report in children.

Children may also develop additional symptoms, such as:

  • blocked nose
  • muscle pain
  • runny nose
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal pain

Children with COVID-19 are likely to recover in 1–2 weeks with no additional issues.

Parents and carers with children who are showing signs of a coronavirus infection should contact their family doctor and keep the child at home.

The child should also stay away from other people, especially those at higher risk of developing severe illness from coronavirus.