COVID-19 medicines

This is an Easy Read fact sheet about COVID-19 medicines.

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This is an info guide about COVID-19 medicines.

 

Medicines are things you take to get better when you are sick.

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The NSW Government made this guide.

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You can ask someone for help to read this guide.

 

This might be a

  • family member
  • friend
  • support worker.

What are the COVID-19 medicines

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The COVID-19 medicines can help stop you getting very sick from COVID-19.

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The COVID-19 medicines can help stop you

 

  • going to hospital

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  • having trouble breathing.

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Lots of people who get COVID-19 will be OK at home.

 

They might not need the COVID-19 medicines.

Who can get the COVID-19 medicines

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If you get COVID-19 you might be able to get the COVID-19 medicines.

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You can get the medicines if you are 70 years or older.

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You can get the medicines if you are
 

  • 50 years or older

    and
     
  • you have health issues that could make you very sick from COVID-19.

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You can get the medicines if you are
 

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

    and
     
  • 30 years or older

    and
     
  • you have health issues that could make you very sick from COVID-19.

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You can get the medicines if you are
 

  • 18 years or older

    and
     

  • you have problems with your immune system

     or

  • you have stayed in hospital when you were sick with COVID-19.

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Your immune system helps your body to not get sick.

When you take the COVID-19 medicines

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You take the COVID-19 medicines when you get COVID-19.

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You can only take the medicines if a doctor says you can.

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The medicines work best if you start to take them as soon as possible.

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You can talk to your doctor now about the medicines.

They can tell you if you might need to take the medicines if you get COVID-19.

COVID-19 symptoms

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If you have any COVID-19 symptoms you should get a COVID-19 test.

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Symptoms are signs you might be sick.

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COVID-19 symptoms are things like

 

  • fever

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  • headaches

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  • sore throat

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  • runny nose.

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For more Easy Read info about COVID-19 symptoms click here

www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/support/symptoms

How to get the COVID-19 medicines

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You can get the COVID-19 medicines if you get a positive result from a COVID-19 test.

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positive result means you have COVID-19.

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A COVID-19 test could be

 

  • a rapid antigen test

  • a PCR test.

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For more Easy Read info about rapid antigen tests click here

 

www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/support/easy-read/rapid-antigen-tests

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For more Easy Read info about PCR tests click here

www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/support/easy-read/pcr-test

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If you get a positive result you should tell your doctor as soon as you can.

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The doctor will tell you

 

  • if you can take the medicines

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  • where to get the medicines.

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If you get COVID-19 you can choose to self isolate.

 

Self isolate means you stay at home away from other people.

If you need help to get the medicines

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You might need help to get the medicines if you decide to stay home and self isolate.

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You should ask the doctor if someone can bring the medicines to your home.

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This might be a

 

  • family member

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  • friend

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  • support worker.

How to take the COVID-19 medicines

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You can take the COVID-19 medicines as injection or tablets.

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Injection is when the medicine is put into your body with a needle.

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Tablets are medicines you swallow with your mouth.

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For some people it is hard to swallow.

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The medicines can be made into a drink if you can not swallow.

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You can tell your doctor if it is hard for you to swallow.

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They will tell you how you can take the medicines.

COVID-19 help

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There are numbers you can call to get more info about the COVID-19 medicines.

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The National Coronavirus Helpline gives free info about COVID-19 to everyone in Australia.

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You can call the National Coronavirus Helpline on

1800 020 080.

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They can tell you if you can take the COVID-19 medicines.

How much do the COVID-19 medicines cost

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The COVID-19 medicines cost about $10 if you have a concession card.

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concession card is a government card that lets you buy medicines cheaper.

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If you do not have a concession card the COVID-19 medicines cost about $45.

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You can ask your doctor if you can get the COVID-19 medicines cheaper.

COVID-19 vaccines

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The COVID-19 medicines are different to the
COVID-19 vaccines.

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COVID-19 vaccines are other medicines that can help stop you

 

  • getting COVID-19

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  • getting very sick if you get COVID-19.

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You take the COVID-19 vaccines as an injection.

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COVID-19 vaccines are still the best way to stop you from getting very sick from COVID-19.

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For more Easy Read info about COVID-19 vaccines click here

www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/support/covid-19-vaccines.

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