If you develop symptoms such as severe shortness of breath or chest pain, call triple zero (000) immediately. Tell the call handler and the paramedics on arrival if you have COVID-19.
How is COVID-19 treated and how do I relieve my symptoms?
Most adults with a mild case of COVID-19 can treat their symptoms in a similar way to how they treat a seasonal flu. That is, rest at home, take paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve pain and fevers, to keep hydrated and take cough medicine if needed.
Adults with severe COVID-19 symptoms may need to be treated in hospital with corticosteroids, antivirals, and other drugs depending on how severe their symptoms are.
CHECK YOUR SYMPTOMS — Use the COVID-19 Symptom Checker to find out if you need medical help.
How do I monitor my symptoms?
Most people can manage COVID-19 at home. Those who have mild COVID-19 symptoms may be advised that it is safe for them to manage their symptoms at home, instead of going to hospital.
If you’re managing COVID-19 at home, it’s important to continually monitor your symptoms, or the symptoms of the person you’re caring for.
Learn about how to monitor COVID-19 symptoms at home.
What kinds of medication might I be given for COVID-19?
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved certain medicines for the treatment of COVID-19 in Australia.
Learn more here about COVID-19 medications.
Medicines such as antibiotics, ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine are not effective against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and are not approved for the treatment of COVID-19 in Australia.
When should I seek medical advice?
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has developed a guide for people managing COVID at home. It includes a COVID-19 action plan and a diary that you can use to track your symptoms.
While managing COVID-19 symptoms at home, ask yourself these questions 3 times a day — morning, afternoon and night:
- Can I get my own food?
- Can I drink?
- Can I go to the toilet normally?
- Can I take my regular medication?
If you answer no to any of these questions, call your GP.
Symptoms and when to get help
Learn to recognise mild, moderate and severe symptoms of COVID-19, and when to seek medical advice from your GP or another healthcare professional.
How to monitor symptoms
If you’re able to manage your COVID-19 at home, you might be asked to follow a management plan. Learn how to check your breathing rate, oxygen levels and heart rate.
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Last reviewed: February 2022