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What to do if you have COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19, it is likely your symptoms will be mild and you can recover safely at home.

If you have no symptoms, or mild symptoms, this information and advice will help keep you and your loved ones safe. You should only call triple zero (000) or attend an emergency department if your symptoms are severe.

Isolate immediately

Isolate, stay home and separate from others until you are well. Find out more about how to isolate and get the support you need.

Let contacts know

You should advise your friends, family and work contacts to monitor for symptoms. Household members should get tested.

Look after yourself

If you have mild COVID-19 symptoms, manage your care at home with rest and over-the-counter medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.

Monitor your symptoms

COVID-19 affects everyone differently. Understand the difference between mild, moderate and severe symptoms.

If symptoms worsen

Use the Symptom Checker to know if you should seek medical help, including when to call triple zero (000).

Leaving isolation

The infectious period varies from person to person. Find out what you need to do before leaving isolation.

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

More information about how to manage COVID-19.

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

Last reviewed: December 2022

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