Testing and managing COVID-19

What to do if you think you may have COVID-19, including how to get tested and guidance on what to do if you test positive.

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What should I do if I test positive?

NSW Health recommends you:

Getting tested and managing your illness

Find a testing clinic near you that provides PCR (nose and throat swab) tests.

Have you tested positive? NSW Health strongly recommends you register your result with Service NSW so that you can be connected to care and support.

Most people who test positive for COVID-19 will experience a mild illness. Get advice on how you can safely manage your symptoms at home.

More information on COVID-19 tests

Most people can now use a rapid antigen test (RAT) result to confirm if they are positive for COVID-19.

Concession, Pensioner, Health Care and Veterans cardholders, people with disability, their carers, and immunocompromised people are eligible for free rapid antigen tests.

Information on which COVID-19 test best suits your particular circumstances.

Find out what happens when you get a PCR test for COVID-19, plus how you get the result of a test.

Managing a case of COVID-19

How will I know if I have been exposed to 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.

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.

Children are less likely to have serious illness from COVID-19, but they can still transmit the virus to others.

What you need to do if a worker who has attended your workplace has tested positive to COVID-19.

Understanding the support available to people who work and test positive to COVID-19.


How NSW Health protects your privacy 

Find out more on how personal information related to your COVID-19 case is collected, used and disclosed by NSW Health.

Visit COVID-19 contact tracing and your privacy.

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