Management and support after testing positive for COVID-19

If you have tested positive to COVID-19, find out what steps you need to take to safely manage your illness at home.

Mum with toddler checking thermometer

Changes to COVID-19 rules

From 9 September, regulations on self-isolation change. If you no longer have symptoms, you may be able to leave self-isolation 5 days after your positive test. Find new self-isolation rules on Testing positive to COVID-19

From 21 September, you don’t need to wear a mask in cruise terminals, transport waiting areas or on public transport. You still must wear a mask in some settings, however. Visit the Face mask rules page for more information. 

Managing COVID-19

Most people who test positive for COVID-19 will experience a mild illness and can safely manage their symptoms at home.

Tested positive? You must register your result with Service NSW to connect to care and support.

Self-isolate when you get a test, have COVID-19, are a household or close contact with symptoms, or at high risk of getting COVID-19.

If you live with someone who has COVID-19 or you are a close contact, follow these guidelines to help protect your loved ones and your community.

How will I know if I have been exposed to COVID-19?
What you need to do if a worker who has attended your workplace has tested positive to COVID-19.
Self-isolation is an important way to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Your mental wellbeing is important. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, you’re not alone. There are services that can support you through these difficult times.
Children are less likely to have serious illness from COVID-19, but they can still transmit the virus to others.

Find a testing clinic

Most people can use a rapid antigen test (RAT) to detect COVID-19. Find out if you need to get a PCR (nose and throat swab) test, and locate a clinic near you.

Find COVID-19 testing clinics


Antivirals and COVID-19

Antiviral medications work best when taken as soon as possible, usually within 5 days from when your symptoms start. Find out who is eligible, and how to access them.

Learn more about antivirals

document steps


It can be difficult to tell the difference between long COVID and similar conditions. Learn about the symptoms of long COVID, where to seek support, and how to protect yourself.

Read more about long COVID

Need help now?

Contacts and enquiries

  • Call Service NSW 7am - 7pm, Monday - Friday and 9am - 5pm on weekends and public holidays: 13 77 88
  • Call the National Coronavirus Helpline
    1800 020 080 (24-hour help line). Choose Option 8 for free interpreting service.
  • Use the HealthDirect Coronavirus Symptom Checker
  • Call the NSW Health Flu and COVID-19 Care at Home Support Line on 1800 960 933

Assistance and support

Last updated:
Top of page