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When and how to get tested

When and how to get tested

The only reliable way to know if you have COVID-19 is to get tested. Two types of tests are recommended in Australia:

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are done through your GP or at a testing clinic. They are more accurate, but results take 1-3 days.
Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) can be purchased from pharmacies, supermarkets or online. They can be done anywhere, including at home, with results in 15-20 minutes.


What you need to know

You should get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if they’re mild.


You should also get tested if you’re considered a close contact of a person with COVID-19.


If you’ve already had COVID-19, you should get tested if you develop new symptoms at least 4 weeks after recovering.


Consider doing a rapid antigen test if you’re going to visit an aged-care facility, see someone with a chronic medical condition or attend a function or party.


You should get tested if it’s part of a COVID screening program for your school or employer.

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Use the COVID-19 Symptom 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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