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What do you do next if you test positive to COVID?

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Crucial first steps

‘However, there are some crucial first steps to help stop the spread that should be done immediately. You should isolate straight away and inform people you have been in touch with recently so they can take appropriate action.

‘We know people with mild symptoms can feel very sick. This website provides information on the range of symptoms to expect for ‘mild COVID’, so people with COVID-19 understand when it is appropriate to call on health services, such as 000.

‘If you are worried about your symptoms, but it is not an emergency, use the COVID-19 Symptom Checker on the healthdirect website or call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 for free information and advice,’ says Dr Luckraj.

Royal Australian College of GPs (RACGP) President Dr Karen Price said that the guide would prove useful for many COVID-19-positive people. ‘It’s great to see Healthdirect providing this timely information to help people with COVID-19 take care of themselves at home,’ says Dr Price.

Some people require careful monitoring

‘Some people, particularly older people and those with serious underlying health conditions, will require careful monitoring by a GP and potentially need hospital care if their condition deteriorates.

Dr Price says that many people will be able to safely manage their condition at home by following the information in this guide.

‘With more and more people contracting the virus, especially in my home state of Victoria and NSW, this will help ease pressure on our healthcare system. So, I encourage people to share this resource with their friends and family and learn what they can do to take care of themselves if they test positive for COVID-19,’ says Dr Price.

The COVID-19 Symptom Checker is an online tool that assesses a person’s symptoms and provides information and advice about the type of care needed based on the severity of their COVID-19 symptoms.

The National Coronavirus Helpline (1800 020 080) is available 24 hours a day to answer questions about isolation, restrictions, vaccines, testing and symptoms.

People who are COVID-19-positive can review the RACGP Managing COVID-19 at home for useful tips for managing symptoms at home with support from your GP.

Initial steps if you have COVID-19

  • Isolate immediately for at least 7 days
  • Let your contacts – friends, family, work – know your situation
  • Look after yourself – stay hydrated and take over the counter medications if needed
  • Monitor your symptoms – know what to expect from mild COVID-19
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms use the COVID-19 Symptom Checker
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  1. If I got covid I would be eating some cannabis. Researches at the University of Oregon have discovered that two cannabinoids found in cannabis, CBGA and CBDA, attach to the covid spike protein stopping them from entering human cells. Amazing. Info only just released in the last few days. It seems the medical applications for cannabis are endless.

  2. So the only “health” advice is to “stay hydrated and take over the counter medications”

    Is that all you’ve got Echo?

    Surely as journalists, or simply as caring humans, you could find and publish some evidence on certain vitamins, minerals and other known treatments that may help people.

    But then again, the Govt is still selling the jab as your best shot, silencing (or deporting) anyone not towing their line, even while Pfizer says their gear doesn’t work for Omniwhatever.

    Let’s see how robust immune systems are after the 4th and 5th shots.

    • Your comments assume such evidence exists, Steve. Surely you don’t think it’s just the vaccines that need to meet high standards of demonstrated safety and efficacy. Until then it would not be very responsible for the Government to encourage people to expend large amounts on supplements that there’s every chance a good diet would contain and digest more efficiently.

      Important to be consistent.

      Btw, where did Pfizer say their “gear” doesn’t work?

    • The reason for the Government’s embarrassing backflip on Novak was down to two main factors:
      A desperate Scotty is in big trouble and facing an election soon.
      In 2014 the Minister for Immigration was given far reaching new powers that can determine someone’s visa status basically unchallenged.

      It seems these latter powers slipped through without even a blink from our present day “freedom” fighters. To be fair, they probably didn’t know they were freedom fighters back then. It wasn’t until they were asked to wear a mask.

  3. It appears that the 2 particular cannabis cannabinoids are both inaccessible by eating or smoking, and appears that they must be extracted before getting them to a stage where the body can access them for stopping Covid (but hey, may be worth a punt anyway). Yes another potentially life saving medicine from Cannabis – I wonder how many have died by the prohibition on access and medical research in the present Australian 80 years of criminalisation of use and research of the plant, (and the irony of while the USA introduced global criminalisation of the plant, about half of the USA’s States now have some form of decriminalisation)


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