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How and where to isolate

How to isolate with COVID

If you're self-isolating because you have COVID-19, you can't leave your home — unless for medical care or in case of an emergency. You must isolate for at least 5 days. Check your health department’s website for the latest information.

Try to avoid contact with household members, if possible.


What you need to know

You don’t have to self-isolate in your home. If it’s appropriate and safe for you to do so, you can stay in a hotel or other accommodation. You must still avoid contact with other people.


If at home, stay in an area that’s separate from other household members, if possible. Don’t allow visitors to your home, unless for medical or personal care.


Clean high-touch surfaces — such as doorknobs, devices and benchtops — with detergent and warm water before disinfecting, since dirt and grime can affect how well disinfectant works. Or, use a 2-in-1 product with both cleaning and disinfecting properties.


If you live in an apartment building, stay in your unit. Don’t use shared facilities such as the laundry or foyer. Contact your building manager about rubbish collection. Deliveries should be left outside your door and only collected when the corridor is empty.


If isolating alone ask for support, such as from a relative or friend, who can contact you regularly. However, they shouldn’t visit except to leave groceries, medicine or supplies outside your door.

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Use the COVID-19 Symptom and Antiviral Eligibility Checker to find out if you need to seek medical help.

Call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 at any time if you need advice.


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