It is important you know what you should do if you test positive for COVID-19.
If you get a positive test result, you must isolate straight away. This means staying at home, and not having any family or friends come over to visit. If you live with other people, they will also need to isolate at home. Try to keep away from the people you live with as much as you can, to help avoid spreading the virus to them if they do not have it.
You can order your groceries or medicine online or ask family or friends who don’t live with you to get them for you and leave them at your door.
If you tested positive using a rapid antigen test (RAT) at home, you need to tell your state or territory health department, so they can keep track of who has COVID-19, and who might need help. You can click on the links below for more information about what to do if you test positive in your state or territory:
You must also call or text the people that you’ve seen in the couple of days before testing positive, so they can get tested if they start feeling unwell.
Finally, make sure you look after yourself! Most people who are fully vaccinated experience mild symptoms and can look after themselves at home. Get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and eat well. If you’re worried about your symptoms, call the National Coronavirus helpline or visit your healthcare worker. Only call Triple Zero (000) for emergencies, like if you’re having trouble breathing or have chest pain.
It might take you a little while before you feel 100% again. This is very common after any virus infection. Take your time to build up to your usual activities.
Remember: the best way to protect yourself and your family from getting really sick from COVID-19 is to get the COVID-19 vaccine and your booster when you are due. Don’t wait – get your vaccine today.