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COVID-19

 
What to do if you are positive?

•    Mild Illness in COVID - 19 Positive Patients


COVID – 19 affects people in different ways with most developing mild to moderate illness and recovering without hospitalisation. People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should be able to manage their symptoms at home.


Most positive cases should be relatively mild for those who are vaccinated; however, muscle aches, sore throat, cough, headache, fatigue, and dizziness may be experienced. Some people have no symptoms at all.
As with any illness, resting and drinking plenty of water is important. 


“Low-risk” (vaccinated and <65 yrs.) patients who are mildly ill can assume they will be able to look after themselves at home. However, if you feel unwell, have concerns or questions, please call reception to organise a telehealth or telephone consult with one of our doctors.  


If you have a positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and have symptoms you should presume that you have COVID-19 and therefore stay home to isolate.  The exception is unless, as per advice, you need to undergo a PCR test at one of the COVID – 19 testing clinics or you are severely ill and need immediate medical attention.


Who Should get a COVID-19 test (nsw.gov.au)

Testing positive to COVID-19 and managing COVID-19 safely at home - Fact Sheet (nsw.gov.au)

Managing COVID- 19 at home Health Direct


(Please note that large volumes of COVID- 19 tests are currently being processed in NSW. Some clinics have reduced their opening hours, and some have lengthy queues.)

 

The NSW Health home isolation guideliness, below, helps keep your family, household, and community safe.

NSW Health COVID-19 self-isolation guideline and support - Fact Sheet (nsw.gov.au)
Self-isolation rules for cases and people exposed to COVID-19 - Fact Sheet (nsw.gov.au)

The current NSW Health requirement is that you must self-isolate for 7 days from the day you were tested Self-isolating for at least 7 days is the most important thing to do to prevent transmission to others.


Most people with COVID-19 get better within a few weeks but some people may have symptoms that last much longer.
If you received an SMS from NSW Health when you tested positive, you will receive another SMS after 7 days. You do not have to wait for this second SMS to leave self-isolation if it has been 7 days since you were tested

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However, you can only leave self-isolation after 7 days if you are completely well and no longer symptomatic that is have a sore throat, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath.


If you still have symptoms on day 6, It is possible that you may need to stay in isolation longer and you are advised to organise a telehealth or telephone consult with one of our doctors or contact the NSW Care at Home Support Line 1800 960 933. Release and recovery from COVID-19


•    Severe Illness in COVID - 19 Positive Patients


It’s important for those who are severely ill (difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, loss of speech or mobility, confusion, inability to eat and drink, chest pain) to call 000 and inform the operator you are COVID positive. Tell the ambulance staff you are confirmed to have COVID- 19.


•    Close Contacts 


Close contacts are members of your household and anyone who has spent more than 4 hours in your home or in a similar setting Close contacts of COVID-19 – Fact Sheet (nsw.gov.au) 
If you live with anyone who has COVID-19 you must follow the NSW Health Self Isolation Guidelines and self-isolate for 7 days. 
It’s important that you advise any one you may have been in contact with 48 hours prior to the first sign of symptoms that you have COVID-19. If you had no symptoms 48 hours prior to a positive COVID test, similarly, you must also advise any of your contacts.

Information for people exposed to COVID-19 - Fact Sheet (nsw.gov.au)

NSW Health COVID-19 self-isolation guideline and support - Fact Sheet (nsw.gov.au)


•    High risk Patients and Risk Factors


Not being vaccinated increases your risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

There are also several treatments, illnesses, conditions, and other factors that increase the risk of serious illness such as if you are >65, have chronic health issues, are pregnant or are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander.

Risk factors for more serious illness- Fact Sheet (health.gov.au)


If you have COVID 19 and are a concerned about being high risk, please contact the practice to organise a telehealth or telephone consultation with one of our doctors.

 

•    Additional Useful Resources providing up-to-date information on (COVID-19): 


•    The NSW Care at Home Support Line is available between 8:30am to 8:30pm on 1800 960 933 
•    The Coronavirus Health Information Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 020 080 
•    The Health Direct health advice line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 022 222. Visit the website for more information: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus 
•    NSW Government website has up-to-date information. Visit the website https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
•    Coronavirus Australia app (Australian Government)

App Store - https://apps.apple.com/au/app/coronavirus-australia/id1503846231

Play Store - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.health.covid19
•    NSW Health Pathology COVID-19 test results information https://www.pathology.health.nsw.gov.au/covid-19-info/covid-19-results-direct