What to do if I test positive
Most people who test positive to COVID-19 will be able to safely recover at home. Find out about what steps you should take and how you can access support.
Most people with COVID-19 will have mild to moderate symptoms (and some may not have any symptoms), which means they can safely isolate in their own home.
It is important to monitor your symptoms while isolating at home. Use the healthdirect COVID-19 Symptom Check to find out if you need to seek medical help.
See information below about mild, worsening and severe symptoms to ensure you can access the right help to support your recovery.
If you, or the person you are caring for, have mild or moderate COVID-19 symptoms, you can safely stay at home.
Common to moderate symptoms include:
If you, or the person you are caring for, have worsening symptoms or you are concerned about your health, contact the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080, or your usual GP.
Worsening symptoms include:
If you, or the person you are caring for, have any severe COVID-19 symptoms, you should call Triple Zero (000) immediately and advise that you have COVID-19. Do not wait to see if your symptoms change, call an ambulance immediately.
Severe symptoms include:
There are some important things that you can do to help manage your symptoms and recover from COVID-19.
Your body needs good, healthy food to help fight COVID-19 infection and support recovery.
Tips to maintain good nutrition include:
You may not feel hungry or find eating hard if you are breathless or feeling sick. Try eating small amounts of food and taking sips of water more frequently.
Getting enough sleep is important for your wellbeing and recovery from COVID-19.
Sometimes sleeping too much can make fatigue worse. Try to find a good balance. Tips for sleep include:
Sometimes it can be hard to fall asleep if you are thinking about lots of things, or if you feel anxious. If you haven’t been able to sleep after 20 minutes or so, try getting up and doing something relaxing (with the lights low or off), until you’re tired and then try to sleep again.
If you use a CPAP machine to help you sleep, please continue to do so while you have COVID-19.
Having COVID-19 or being in isolation can be stressful and may make you feel anxious. It is very important to take care of your mental health during this time.
Tips for looking after your mental health:
Visit the Mental health support page for information about looking after your mental health and wellbeing during isolation, as well as supports and services is available.
When recovering from illness, such as COVID-19, it is common for your symptoms and energy levels to change (sometimes better and sometimes worse). If you are feeling well, you may try to do more things, but this could make you feel unwell and you may need to rest.
Remember that you need rest to recover. All activity takes up energy (physical, mental and emotional). Keep a daily routine as much as you can and rest when you need to.
COVID-19 can cause other health issues, which may continue even after you have “recovered” (are no longer COVID-19 positive) and you have been released from isolation.
Find more information about what to do if you are concerned you might have Long COVID-19.