Should I get tested for COVID-19?

COVID-19 is not the same as the flu, but has some flu-like symptoms. COVID-19 is not the same as the flu, but has some flu-like symptoms.

You should get tested if:

  • You’ve travelled overseas recently, and you develop symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of leaving an overseas country
  • You have been informed by your local Public Health Unit that you have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 and you develop symptoms of the disease within 14 days of your last contact with that person
  • You’re a healthcare worker with direct patient contact, and have fever and acute respiratory symptoms, even if you have not recently travelled or had contact with someone who has COVID-19.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath.

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?

If you have recently travelled overseas or had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should closely monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days of leaving an overseas country or after your last contact with someone who has COVID-19.

If you are within that 14 day period and concerned that you may have symptoms, it’s important that you take steps to reduce the risk of transmission and arrange to get tested if required. Take the following steps:

  • Limit your exposure to other people by isolating yourself at home (if you were not already in home quarantine).
  • Call your GP and let them know you’re worried you may have COVID-19. Calling ahead will allow your GP to provide advice and plan for your visit. You should not visit your GP without calling ahead. Testing will be arranged by your GP if they determine it is necessary.
  • When travelling to the GP, do not use public transport, rideshare or taxis. Do not attend any public places, such as shops or cafes/restaurants, on the way.
  • If you can’t see your GP, the preferred Walk-in Centre for assessment is Weston Creek (24 Parkinson St, Weston). However, you can get assessed at any of the Walk-in Centres. You do not need to call ahead. Please ensure you use a mask and hand sanitiser available at the front door.
  • You do not need to visit the Emergency Department unless you have severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain or very high fever.
  • If you have serious symptoms, call triple zero (000). Let them know you’re worried you may have COVID-19.

Stay up to date on the situation with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the ACT by checking the ACT Health Directorate’s website, Facebook page and Twitter channel.

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