What to do if you are positive?
If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by Public Health, who will invite and arrange an admission to rpavirtual – Royal Prince Alfred Virtual hospital.
rpavirtual delivers care in the home, rather than in a hospital. A registered nurse will be in daily contact with you to monitor your symptoms. Virtual care will be delivered via telephone, video calling and by remote monitoring of health information such as oxygen levels. If your symptoms are getting worse, rpavirtual will accelerate your care and possibly arrange an in-patient admission. However, the great majority of patients will recover at home.
As with the flu, COVID-19 requires a patient to have plenty of rest, and drink plenty of fluids, avoid drugs and alcohol.
Paracetamol is recommended to be taken in preference to ibuprofen for pain.
Patient’s need to stay in complete isolation within the home and from other household members until it is both 10 days after the onset of COVID-19 and until totally symptom free for at least 3 days (a full 72 hours).
For further details please read the NSW Health home isolation guide.
To assist in reducing transmission, Leichhardt General Practice also emphasises the importance of continuing to practise social distancing, diligent hand washing and observing correct cough etiquette.