Medical care if you have COVID-19

COVID-19 affects everyone differently – most people become mildly unwell, and a small number will get very sick.

If you only have mild symptoms, you will be able to look after yourself at home (PDF, 834 KB).

If you are seriously unwell, you will be admitted to hospital for your care (PDF, 1 MB).

COVID-19 vaccines, ambulances and health care are free for everyone in Queensland, even if you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident. This includes:

  • people without a Medicare card

  • overseas visitors

  • international students

  • migrant workers

  • asylum seekers.


If your COVID-19 symptoms get worse

It is possible to have mild symptoms at the start of your illness, but become sicker over time.

If you are receiving COVID Care at Home (PDF, 834 KB), you will also be asked to fill out a COVID-19 symptom diary (PDF, 2 MB) every day.

If your symptoms get worse and:

  • you’ve already been contacted by a health worker following your positive PCR test, use the details you were given to call a health worker or doctor; or

  • you haven’t been contacted, or you tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), call your GP. If you don’t have a GP, you can call 13 HEALTH.

You should call if you:

  • feel gradually more unwell or more breathless

  • have difficulty breathing when you stand up or move around

  • feel very weak, achy or tired

  • are shaking or shivering

  • have lost your appetite

  • are unable to care for yourself (e.g. dressing yourself or making food is too difficult)

  • feel unwell after 4 weeks (this may be long COVID).

If you become very unwell at home, you need to call Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. If you can, explain to the operator that you have COVID-19.

Call Triple Zero (000) if you:

  • are so breathless you are unable to say short sentences when resting

  • suddenly find it hard to breathe or your breathing has gotten worse

  • cough up blood

  • feel cold and sweaty, with pale or blotchy skin

  • have a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin and doesn't fade when you roll a glass over it

  • collapse or faint

  • feel agitated, confused or very drowsy

  • stop urinating or are urinating much less than usual.