First steps if you have COVID-19
If you get COVID-19, follow the steps below. These important steps protect yourself and others.
If you learn you have COVID-19 using a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at home, report your positive RAT result to Queensland Health.
Immediately isolate for 7 days
If you get COVID-19, you need to immediately isolate yourself at your home, or other accommodation, for 7 full days from the date you had your test.
Isolate means you need to stay away from other people as much as possible so you don’t give the virus to someone else. Find out how to isolate, including what support is available to you. If you don't have somewhere suitable to isolate, call 134 COVID (134 268) for help.
Tell your household contacts follow the steps for close contacts
Tell the people that live with you that you have COVID-19. They may be close contacts and must follow the steps for close contacts.
Manage your symptoms and health
Most people who are fully vaccinated will be able to care for themselves at home, like you would for other viruses.
You may have symptoms like a fever, cough, headache or a sore throat. You may feel unwell for a day or 2, and then start to feel better. Some fully vaccinated people will have no symptoms at all.
If you're unsure whether you need medical care for your symptoms, or you're unsure what type of care you may need, you can:
use our COVID care self-checker
call the National Coronavirus Helpline 24/7 on 1800 020 080. Press 8 if you need an interpreter.
Depending on your symptoms and other health conditions, you'll be advised the right type of COVID care for you. You’ll be told if you need to see your GP or your contact details will be sent to a hospital so they can call you. Some people will be told to call Triple Zero (000).
You should seek medical advice if you:
are not improving after 2 or 3 days, or are getting sicker
have a chronic health condition
Keep a COVID-19 symptom diary (PDF, 2 MB), so you can track if your symptoms get worse.
Only call Triple Zero (000) or go to an emergency department if you have severe symptoms. Read more about symptoms and medical care for COVID-19 in Queensland.
If you are worried about your mental health, read about when to seek help and the mental health services available to support you.
If you need any other support while you’re in isolation, read our guide on where to get help.
Get the things you need delivered like food and medication
You will be in isolation for at least 7 days. It’s important you have everything you need for staying home.
Any deliveries must be no contact.
Ask friends or family members to get food and medication for you.
If that isn't possible, arrange a food delivery service. Have all food left outside your house. Do not let any delivery person into your home or accommodation.
If you need a prescription filled, arrange this with your usual pharmacist or GP. They can deliver it to your home or accommodation, or you can let your friend or family member know where to collect the medication.
Home care workers and other providers of essential services like nurses are allowed to enter your home. However, if you receive these services it is important that you let the service providers know that you have COVID-19 and are in isolation.
If you live alone, make sure a friend or family member knows you are isolating, and checks in on you (by phone or video call) every few days.
If you can’t get family or friends to help you, contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.
Tell your social, work and education contacts to get tested if they have symptoms
It’s likely you will have been in contact with other people while you were infectious.
It is possible you may have spread the virus to others (without knowing) in the 2 days before you had symptoms or found out you have COVID-19.
If you have been in contact with anyone during that period, you need to tell them you have COVID-19 so they can monitor their own health and get tested if they feel unwell.
This might include your workplace or the place you study, or if you have children, the school or childcare they go to