Transcript of Getting tested for COVID‑19

This video is about the things that may happen when you get tested for COVID-19.

There are lots of ways you can get tested for COVID-19.

You can have a test at your local doctor’s office, in your car at a drive through clinic, at a hospital or at a COVID-19 clinic

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms you should wear a mask to your appointment.

Your carer or family member may choose to wear a mask to protect themselves.

If you don’t have a mask, the place where you get tested can give you one.

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

When you get tested you may be asked some questions and have your temperature checked. You may also be asked to clean your hands with hand sanitiser.

The nurse will put the swab at the back of your throat and inside one or both sides of your nose.

The test for COVID-19 is very easy and quick, but it might be a bit uncomfortable.

The test might make you cough or sneeze or make your eyes water. The nurse can give you a tissue.

You might want to bring something that makes you feel calm and comfortable.

There are different ways to get your test results. You can get your results in a text or phone call. This might come from an unregistered number.

You can also ask that your family member or carer receive your test results for you.

You should get the results of your COVID-19 test within three days.

If you don’t get your result within three days, contact the place where you got tested.

When you are waiting for your COVID-19 test results you must stay at home. This is called self-isolating.

We have another video about what self-isolating means that you can watch.​​​

Current as at: Friday 21 August 2020
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW