Getting Tested for COVID-19
Should I get tested for COVID-19?
There is no need to be tested unless your doctor tells you to. You will be tested if:
- You have returned from another country in the last 14 days with a respiratory illness
- You have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 over the last 14 days and now have a respiratory illness.
- You have symptoms of COVID-19
Tell you doctor if you are experiencing any of the above and they will decide if you can be tested for COVID-19.
You do not need to be tested if you do not meet any of the above criteria.
What are the symptoms?
Covid-19 symptoms are very similar to other flus and colds.
- Sore throat
- Breathing difficulties
While you should be cautious, most people with these symptoms probably have a cold or the common flu, not a Coronavirus.
What if I have symptoms?
If you have symptoms or have been in close-contact with someone who has COVID-19, call your doctor immediately.
Call your doctor or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. Don’t visit a health clinic or hospital without telling them you have symptoms.
Before you arrive, call the health clinic or hospital and tell them where you travelled or that you have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Stay isolated in your home or hotel until public health authorities say it’s safe to do your usual activities.
If you are struggling to breathe or having a medical emergency, call 000.