Speak to your doctor now before you get COVID-19 to learn about what you should do if you get sick.
If you are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, contact your doctor for testing advice. If you can't contact your doctor, call Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 or use the online Service Finder to find a GP near you.
If your doctor recommends a COVID-19 PCR test, they will give you a pathology referral form for a free COVID-19 PCR test. The referral form will have a private pathology provider location to visit so you can get tested.
See What COVID-19 test should I do? for testing information and more advice on the testing change
People at higher risk of severe illness include:
If you live in a remote area and have reduced access to healthcare, or you are a resident in an aged care or disability care facility, discuss your risk with your doctor. You may be eligible for COVID-19 antiviral medicines or additional care.
Speak to your doctor now before you get COVID-19 to learn what you should do if you get sick. Topics you should discuss with your doctor include:
Ways to help reduce your risk of COVID-19:
If you have any cold or flu symptoms (such as a runny nose, sore throat, fever, cough), talk to your doctor and get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible. This will help you get early treatment such as antiviral medicines. Stay at home until your acute symptoms have gone even if your test is negative.
There are 2 types of tests you can take to check if you have COVID-19:
Before you have symptoms
Speak to your doctor about which test is right for you before you get sick. Ask your doctor about having a PCR test and if they recommend antiviral medicines or other treatments for COVID-19 if you test positive.
What if you already have symptoms?
Do a RAT as soon as possible and contact your doctor for testing advice. Your doctor may also recommend a COVID-19 PCR test. Early diagnosis means you can access antiviral medicines quickly.
Read more on antiviral medicines including how to access them if you are eligible.
For further information about COVID-19, visit
NSW Government - COVID-19.
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