COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Australia was announced on 25 January 2020.
Learn more about the variants that were of national concern in Australia from 2020 to 2023.
On 5 May 2023, the WHO Director-General announced that WHO no longer considered COVID-19 to be a PHEIC. However, the COVID-19 pandemic declaration is still active.
Learn more about the pandemic and how it was managed in Australia.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe.
Some people recover easily while others get very sick. If you test positive for COVID-19 you can experience:
- sore throat
- shortness of breath.
For more information, see our fact sheet on identifying the symptoms of COVID-19.
Some people do not experience any symptoms (are asymptomatic) but can still pass on the virus.
Long term effects
Most people who test positive for COVID-19 recover completely, but some people may develop Long COVID.
The symptoms of Long COVID differ from that of COVID-19. You can experience:
- extreme fatigue (tiredness)
- shortness of breath, heart palpitations, chest pain or tightness
- problems with memory and concentration
- changes to taste and smell
- joint and muscle pain.
Sometimes these symptoms can last weeks or months.
Learn more about Long COVID.