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How and where to isolate

How to isolate with COVID

If you have COVID-19, you should stay at home until your acute symptoms have gone. Try to avoid contact with household members, if possible.

If you must leave home, wear a face mask and keep away from others.

Check your health department’s website for the latest information.

What you need to know

While you are isolating, separate from your household members, sleep in a well-ventilated room and use a separate bathroom, 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, you should stay in your unit. You shouldn’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 you’re home 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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