This is general guidance only, and you should check with your local Public Health Unit or contact your GP. This guide if for anyone who is diagnosed COVID Positive (PCR or RAT testing)
Vital signs of concern:
• Persistent tachycardia , heart rate >120 bpm, or in the red or yellow zone of a standard paediatric observation chart for children
• Respiratory rate >30 breaths/min, or in the red or yellow zone of a standard paediatric observation chart for children
• Pulse oximetry oxygen saturation <92% on room air
• Fever >38°C
• New or worsening breathlessness
• Syncope or light-headedness
• Chest pain or tightness
• Blue lips or face
• Cold and clammy, or pale and mottled skin
• Haemoptysis (blood in sputum with cough)
• Vomiting, significant abdominal pain, or diarrhoea >4 times a day
• Poor oral intake with significant drop in urine output •
New onset confusion or carer concern
• Severe headache, particularly in children
If you are experiencing worsening or severe COVID-19 symptoms to call 000 immediately.
Managing COVID at home
Most people who test positive for COVID-19 will likely only experience mild symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment or hospitalisation, especially if fully vaccinated. The majority will be able to self-manage their illness. For further information click here
If you want to talk to your usual GP about your results or any symptoms please make a Telehealth appointment. Please call 51437900.
RACGP guide to managing COVID at home
Caring for higher-risk patients
Patients who have a higher risk of adverse outcomes or more severe disease should speak with their GP about their positive result.
This includes those who:
- are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated
- are aged ≥65 years
- are pregnant
- have comorbidities, including
- lung disease, such as COPD, asthma or bronchiectasis
- cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension
- obesity (body mass index >30 kg/m2)
- immunocompromising conditions
- have chronic kidney disease
- have diabetes (type 1 or 2)
- have liver disease
- have significant neurological disorders, such as stroke or dementia
- suffer from some chronic inflammatory conditions and therapies
- have significant frailty or disability
- have severe mental health conditions.
For further information
For further information please visit: Healthdirect website
Positive Rapid Antigen Test Reporting
If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you are a case.
You must report your positive rapid antigen test result as soon as you can.
Patients who return a positive RAT result that they don’t need to inform us if you don’t have any symptoms or are only experiencing mild symptoms.
Latest Isolation Guidelines
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