Anyone who has symptoms should get tested for COVID-19.

Man wearing a disposable gown, gloves and a face shield, taking a woman's temperature A symptom is a sign that you might be sick.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever
  • scratchy or sore throat
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • feeling short of breath
  • loss of your sense of taste
  • loss of your sense of smell.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should get tested for COVID-19.

The COVID-19 test is free, easy and quick.

Where to get tested

Most people can check if they have COVID-19 by doing a rapid antigen test.

You should do a rapid antigen test if you:

  • have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • have spent time with a positive case at work, socially or in your household
  • before going to an even with lots of others
  • before visiting vulnerable people
  • if you have arrived from overseas.

If your rapid antigen test is positive, you must register your result on the Service NSW website or app. You can ask a carer or loved one to do this for you, or call 13 77 88 for help.

If you require or prefer a PCR test (nose and throat swab), you can find a testing location that is close to you and accessible:

  • Call your GP or the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 for help finding a testing location that is right for you. If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can call the National Relay Service.
  • Find a COVID-19 clinic

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, when you are getting tested you can write on paper or type on your phone to tell the person who is testing you that need them to write down questions or information.

Getting tested by someone you know

Sometimes, it may be better for you to be tested by someone you know. For those with fear of the test, this may make it a little easier. This might be your GP, a support worker, or even a family member under the supervision of your GP.

For more information contact your GP or refer to Guidance for health care service providers and carers on alternative approaches to COVID-19 testing for people with disability.

How to do a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)

Transcript: How to do a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)

Current as at: Tuesday 12 July 2022
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