Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Social – Living with COVID-19 (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)

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I have COVID-19. What should I do?

If you test positive for #COVID19, don’t forget to look after yourself while you’re isolating at home. Stay in touch with your friends and family over the phone, get plenty or rest and drink lots of water!

If you’re worried about your #symptoms, you can:

If you are having trouble breathing, have chest pain or feel faint, you should call 000 straight away, or go to the hospital.

Get tested if you feel unwell

If you feel unwell, get tested for COVID-19. By staying at home until you get your results, you’re helping to protect your whole community.

COVID-19 symptoms often look the same as cold or flu symptoms. Keep an eye out for a:

  • headache
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • a fever

Find out where you can get a COVID-19 test near you at [insert state/territory health website] or grab a rapid antigen test (RAT) from your local pharmacy, supermarket, or order one online.

COVID-19 can affect everyone in our community

Everyone in our community can be affected by #COVID19, but the elderly are most at risk from getting really sick from the virus.

The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. The COVID-19 #vaccine is now available to everyone aged 5 years and over. To make an appointment, have a yarn to your healthcare worker, or visit covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/booking/

I have COVID-19 and feel really sick. When should I call 000?

Many people with #COVID19 experience mild symptoms and can look after themselves at home.

If you’re worried about your #symptoms, you can:

It can be hard to know when you should #call000. But if you are having trouble breathing, have chest pain or feel faint, you should call 000 straight away, or go to the hospital.

Look after yourself while you're isolating at home

If you are isolating at home because you have #COVID19, make sure you look after yourself! Some basic tips are:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink lots of water and eat well
  • Take your usual pain medication for fever or aches and pains
  • Stay in touch with friends, family and your community over the phone

Don't be shame

People are getting infected with #COVID19 all over Australia. If you feel unwell, you should get tested. If you get a positive test result, isolate straight away.

When you’re feeling better, make an appointment to get your COVID-19 vaccine!

The COVID-19 #vaccine is now available to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 5 years and over. To make an appointment, have a yarn with your healthcare worker, or visit covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/booking/

Easily spread

#COVID19 can spread easily from person to person. That’s why if you feel unwell, you’re protecting your community by getting a test, and staying home until you feel better.

When you’re out and about, try to avoid touching things as much as you can, as germs spread easily on things we touch. #WashYourHands or use hand sanitiser as much as you can and try not to touch your eyes and face.

Keep 2 big steps away from people

When you need to go out into the community, do your best to keep as much distance between you and others as possible. A good way to do that is to keep at least 2 big steps between you and other people.

Remember: one of the ways that #COVID19 is spread is through the air, when one person breathes out, and the other person breathes in the same air. By keeping your distance, you can reduce your risk of being infected by COVID-19.

Stay at home. Stop the spread.

If you feel unwell, protect your community by getting tested for #COVID19.

  • If you have a positive test result, you need to stay at home for at least 7 days.
  • If you have a negative test result, if you can, try to stay home until you feel better and your symptoms are gone.

Find out where you can get a COVID-19 test near you at [insert state/territory health website] or grab a rapid antigen test (RAT) from your local pharmacy, supermarket, or order one online.

I've had COVID-19. When should I get my next COVID-19 vaccine dose?

If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 recently, you should wait 3 months before receiving your next COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Waiting 3 months is likely to give you more protection from the virus for a longer period of time.

Book your COVID-19 vaccine by visiting covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/booking/

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Publication date: 
10 May 2022
Last updated: 
14 June 2022
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Intended audience: 
General public