New accompanying COVID-19 symptoms


The Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Dr Ivan Muscat MBE, has updated the list of COVID-19 symptoms.

Three new symptoms, nasal congestion, conjunctivitis, and skin rashes have been added to the list of accompanying symptoms to align with the World Health Organisation’s list.

The updated accompanying symptoms list:

  • headaches

  • tiredness

  • muscle ache

  • sore throat

  • gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting and diarrhoea) more common in children than adults

  • nasal congestion

  • conjunctivitis (also known as red eyes)

  • different types of skin rash

The main symptoms of COVID-19 remain:

  • High temperature/fever

  • New continuous cough

  • Loss or change to sense of smell and/or taste

If anyone shows at least one of the main symptoms, that person, and their entire household should isolate immediately and call the helpline. No one from the household should go to work, school, shopping or visit any public areas.

If anyone has developed one of the accompanying symptoms, but has none of the three main symptoms, and is concerned that it may be COVID-19, they should call the Coronavirus helpline for advice.


Islanders can call the helpline on freephone 0800 735 5566 for help and advice.