COVID-19 antivirals are available for certain high risk patients who test positive, but must be taken without delay.1 Planning for COVID-19 can help you get back to doing what you enjoy, sooner.
Planning for COVID-19 means knowing exactly what to do if you develop COVID-19 symptoms. Testing early and talking to your doctor should be part of your COVID-19 plan.
You may be eligible if you test positive and you are:1
- 70 years of age or older, regardless of risk factors and with or without symptoms
- 50 years of age or older with additional risk factor(s)
- First Nations person, 30 years of age or older with 1 additional risk factor
- 18 years of age or older, moderately to severely immunocompromised
- 18 years of age or older and have had past COVID-19 infection resulting in hospitalisation
Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe. Some people recover quickly, while others get very sick.
COVID-19 symptoms are similar to some common illnesses like colds and the flu, so it’s not always easy to tell the difference. That’s why it’s important to test at the first sign of symptoms.
If you have symptoms and test positive for COVID-19, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Medicare telehealth (phone) services are available.1
If you can’t get an appointment with your own doctor, you can call HealthDirect’s free helpline on 1800 022 222 or click to book online below.
For information from the Australian Department of Health about COVID-19 treatment options and risk factors for severe illness, click below:
Test at the first sign of COVID-19 symptoms. If you test positive and are at high risk of
severe COVID-19, talk to your doctor for advice without delay.
Tell your family and friends about planning for COVID-19.
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- Updated eligibility for oral COVID-19 treatments. Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. Accessed 15 August 2023.
- How testing works for COVID-19. Therapeutic Goods Administration. Accessed 16 March 2023. https://www.tga.gov.au/products/covid-19/covid-19-tests/how-testing-works-covid-19
- COVID-19 disease and symptoms. Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. Accessed 24 February 2023. https://www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/symptoms
- Risk factors for more serious illness. Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. Accessed 24 February 2023.
- What COVID-19 test should I do? NSW Government. Accessed 15 March 2023.
- Testing for COVID-19. Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. Accessed 24 February 2023. https://www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/testing
- Medicines for treating COVID-19. Health Direct. Accessed 15 March 2023.
- Protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. Accessed 24 February 2023.
- If you have COVID-19. Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. Accessed 15 March 2023. https://www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/testing-positive#testing-positive-for-covid19