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8 must-have items if you test positive for COVID-19

According to Medical experts, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 reduces your risk of severe illness, hospitalisation and death.

With the rapid surge in Omicron cases, Australians should be prepared in case they test positive for COVID-19.

If you have symptoms you should visit your nearest testing clinic as soon as possible.

Many people who contract COVID will experience mild symptoms and feel better in 3-4 days. While a small portion of people may feel quite unwell for 7-14 days.

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Here’s a list of severe symptoms that need urgent medical attention:

  • difficulty breathing
  • an oxygen level of less than 92% when tested with a pulse oximeter
  • blue lips or face
  • pain or pressure in the chest
  • cold and clammy, or pale and mottled, skin
  • fainting or collapsing
  • being confused
  • becoming difficult to wake up
  • little or no urine output
  • coughing up blood.

If you have no symptoms you should take a rapid antigen test at home.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you must immediately isolate and make a list of close contacts.

Someone is a close contact if they:

  • live in the same house as someone who tests positive
  • spent 4 hours or longer with someone in a home, or health or aged care environment
  • are determined as one by your state or territory health department.

Isolation means staying at home.

  • Do not attend work or school, visit public areas, or travel on public transport, in taxis or ride-share services.
  • You should stay separated from other people in your house. Stay in a separate, well-ventilated room away from other people.
  • If you have an appointment you cannot miss – such as a visit to a doctor, family violence service or police – you must tell them that you have COVID-19.

While in isolation, try to get plenty of rest, drink lots of water and eat well.

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Here is a list of items to include in your COVID-19 ready kit:

  1. paracetamol or ibuprofen
  2. electrolyte powder or solution 
  3. disposable gloves for handling dishes may provide an extra layer of protection
  4. tissues
  5. masks
  6. cleaning products
  7. Rapid Antigen Kits‍
  8. a list of key helplines and resources – such as the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080, mental health services, and your states or territory’s helplines.  

According to the Australian government, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 reduces your risk of severe illness, hospitalisation and death.

Learn more at: https://www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/testing-positive

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