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As of the 5th January PCR testing is no longer required following positive rapid antigen test.

How will my COVID-19 be managed?

If you are under 65 years of age, have had at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccine (for adults), do not suffer from any chronic health conditions and are not pregnant, you can safely manage COVID-19 at home. Most people with COVID-19 will have a mild illness and will recover in a few days or so. Some people may not have any symptoms at all.

Most symptoms can be managed with:

1. Bed rest

2. Regular paracetamol and ibuprofen to relieve pain and fevers

3. Throat lozenges for a sore throat

4. Keeping hydrated with regular sips of water.

5. Continue to take any medications you have been prescribed as usual.

There are a number of high risk patients (see list below) who can benefit from early treatment (within the first 5 days of covid illness) with molnupiravir (Lagrevrio) or nirmatrelvir + ritonavir (Paxlovid). Both of these medications are now available through the PBS. Please call reception and organise a phone consultation to discuss whether you would benefit from this medication.

Please contact our reception who will book you in for a phone consultation or call the NSW Health COVID-19 Care at Home Support Line on 1800 960 933 if you are;

1. pregnant

2. unvaccinated or partially vaccinated 

3. aged 65 years or older

4. have comorbidities including

- lung disease, such as COPD, asthma or bronchiectasis

- cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension

- chronic kidney disease

- liver disease

- significant neurological disorders, such as stroke or dementia

- chronic inflammatory conditions

5. immunocompromised (weakened immune system), including if you are on chemotherapy, have had a transplant or are on other medications that affect your immune system.

6. obese (BMI over 30)

7. have diabetes (type 1 or 2)

8. have significant frailty or disability

9. severe mental illness.

If you develop severe symptoms (particularly severe headache or dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pressure or pain) you should call Triple Zero (000) straightaway and tell the ambulance staff that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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