Rapid antigen tests

This is an Easy Read fact sheet about taking a COVID-19 rapid antigen test.

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The NSW Government wrote this fact sheet.

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Rapid antigen tests

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A rapid antigen test is a fast way to check if
you have COVID-19. 

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You can do a rapid antigen test at home. 

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You can buy rapid antigen tests at:

 

  • pharmacies

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  • supermarkets.  

Can you get a free rapid antigen test?

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Some people can get free rapid antigen tests from:
 

  • their NDIS provider
  • a neighbourhood or community centre.

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To find a neighbourhood or community centre near you, check this list on our website:

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/stay-safe/testing/free-rat-tests/find-rat-tests

 

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You can learn more about getting free rapid antigen tests on our website.

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/stay-safe/rapid-antigen-tests-for-covid-19/free-rat-tests

When should you do a rapid antigen test?

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You can do a rapid antigen test if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.

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A symptom is a sign that you might be sick.

You might:

 

  • see symptoms
  • feel symptoms.

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We have Easy Read information
about COVID-19 symptoms on our website.

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You should also do a rapid antigen test if:

 

  • someone you live with has COVID-19

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  • you spent a lot of time with someone who has COVID-19.

 

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You can also do a rapid antigen test if you’re
going somewhere:

 

  • with lots of people

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  • where people might be at high risk of catching COVID-19.

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Each rapid antigen test comes with instructions about how to do the test.

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A family member or carer can help you:
 

  • read the information
  • do the test.

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You will get your rapid antigen test result in about 15 minutes.

What if your test says you have COVID-19?

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If your rapid antigen test says you have 
COVID-19, you can tell us so we can help you.

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You can call us.
 

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You can tell us on the Service NSW: 
 

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If you tell us you have COVID-19 quickly, 
you can get supports such as medicines to manage your symptoms early.

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A family member or carer can help
you tell us you have COVID-19.

When should you get a PCR test?

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PCR (nose and throat swab) test is a way to check if you have COVID-19.

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You can get a PCR test at a:

 

  • hospital
  • testing clinic.

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A health care worker does the test for you.

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You should always get a PCR test if you:
 

  • are at high risk of catching COVID-19.

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And, you can also get a PCR test if you:
 

  • don’t have rapid antigen tests at home
  • can’t buy rapid antigen tests.

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We have Easy Read information about PCR tests on our website.

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The Disability Gateway has Easy Read information about getting a COVID-19 test.

Contact us

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You can call the Service NSW COVID-19
Helpline.

13 77 88

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You can go to our website.

www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19 

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