Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Video – Dr Ngiare Brown
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Hey you mob! My name is Dr Ngiare Brown.

I am a Yuin nation woman and a doctor that works in Aboriginal health.

There has been a lot of talking about what the testing for coronavirus looks like and what to do after so let me explain what to do if you need to get tested. 

If you have been coughing, have a sore throat and/or have issues with breathing, even if your symptoms are mild, go get tested for coronavirus.

To get tested, you should go to a dedicated COVID-19 testing facility if there is one.

If not, call your doctor and tell them about your symptoms and they will let you know what to do next – sometimes you will be able to get tested at your local doctors and sometimes you will have to travel to the nearest testing location.

The test will include taking a sample by using a swab on the inside of your nose and throat. A bit like this one here.

The swab is a thin stick that health workers will use to take the sample.

You will need to open your mouth wide and the swab will be used to gently wipe the back of your throat.

Another sample will be taken by placing the swab a couple of centimetres into your nose.

Sometimes you will also be asked to cough up into a container.

The COVID-19 test may feel a bit uncomfortable but it should not be painful. It only takes a couple of seconds to take the samples.

After that, they are sent to a laboratory.

After you get tested you need to go home and isolate yourself until you get your results back.

This is really important because the virus can spread further within your community if you don’t stay at home.

These days your results usually come back within a few days.

If your test comes back positive, your doctor will call you to tell you what to do next.

You might have to stay at home or you might have to go to a hospital.

If you are advised to stay at home and self-isolate, that means you cannot leave your home except to see a doctor.

You can’t go to work or get food or exercise, you can’t have visitors or go visit someone.

Once you recover, you can go back to your normal life when your doctor or the public health unit tells you that you can.

If your test is negative, and you are well, you can go back to doing the things you love such as seeing your family and friends.

If you are still unwell, please stay home until you are better. 

Date published: 
3 November 2020
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