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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Managing Covid-19 At Home

Vaccinations provide good protection against COVID-19 and mean most people will be able to recover from the disease at home.

Managing COVID-19 at home when you have milder symptoms is safe and appropriate, and it also provides vacant hospital beds for people who are seriously ill and need urgent medical attention.

  • For mild symptoms: rest and recover at home.
  • For worsening symptoms: Contact a GP or the COVID Positive Pathways program if you are already enrolled, the National Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080 or Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
  • For severe symptoms: get immediate help and call Triple Zero (000).

How to isolate effectively at home

Masks, ventilation and hygiene matter

  • Keep the doors and windows open as much as possible to let the fresh air blow through – and if you have ceiling fans, keep them running at low speed.
  • If you need to be in the same room as someone else at home, always wear a face mask and keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres away from other household members.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands for at least 20 seconds after you cough, sneeze, blow your nose or take off gloves and masks.
  • Wipe down surfaces that you use regularly, like doorknobs to your room and bathroom.
  • If people are leaving you meals, tell them to leave it at the door and only collect the meal once they have moved away from the area.
  • You should not share cups, glasses, plates, utensils, towels or bedding with others in your home.

Stay in your room

  • If you have COVID-19 (or you are required to isolate and you have symptoms) you need to isolate separately from the members of your household.
  • Stay in your room as much as possible, away from others. Use a separate bathroom if you have one.
  • Try not to enter shared areas, such as the kitchen or living room, if other people in the house are using it regularly.
  • Try not to have any close contact with others, including touching, kissing and hugging.
    • You can have close contact with others if it’s an emergency and you need help.
    • People who are household contacts who are also isolating in the house can have contact with each other (but not with you) so long as they don’t have symptoms.

Limit numbers in the house

  • Limit the number of people who are staying in the household. Consider alternative places for them to stay if that is safe and possible.
    • Vulnerable people (for example, elderly people, immunocompromised people or people with chronic illnesses) are at greater risk and are recommended to stay elsewhere if they are able to.
  • Visitors should not be coming to the house while you and your household contacts are isolating.

Advice for pregnant women with COVID-19

For most pregnant women, COVID-19 will be a mild flu-like illness, and it likely won’t cause problems for you or your baby, especially if you are up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations. Vaccinations are safe for pregnant women and will protect you, your baby, and your family.

Some pregnant women infected with COVID-19 may become seriously ill and need to be hospitalized or need additional medical care. Pregnant women who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, are severely overweight, have other underlying health problems such as heart, lung or immune system disorders, or are older or later in pregnancy, may worsen from COVID -19.

It is still recommended that you have (or complete) the 3-dose vaccination course after you have recovered from COVID-19.

Other support you can receive

Food and essential items

Emergency relief packages with basic food staples and other items are available, but only for the most vulnerable and in need. You will not be eligible if you have provisions at home or other support available.

Financial support

You may be eligible for financial support while you isolate, including the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment of up to $750 for seven days.

Mental health and wellbeing

If you’re having a difficult time or are feeling overwhelmed, you can see these resources or call 1300 375 330 to get support through your local Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub. In an emergency where there is immediate risk of harm to a person, call Triple Zero (000). For 24-hour crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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