Managing COVID-19

What to do if you have COVID-19

You must isolate for 7 days from the day your symptoms started or the day you received a positive test result, whichever comes first. This is called Day 0. If you become seriously unwell, you will receive hospital care if this is in line with your needs and wishes.

Your household contacts do not need to isolate but they should test daily for five days with a rapid antigen test (RAT). Read more about who is a household contact and what they need to do here. If the test positive, then they must isolate for seven days as a case.

What to do if you are a household contact

  • Test daily using a rapid antigen test (RAT) for five days from the day that the person in your household tested positive.
  • Avoid or minimise contact with the person with COVID-19 as much as possible during their isolation period.
  • Wear a mask whenever you leave home. Wearing a mask is particularly important when visiting vulnerable people, like elderly or immunocompromised people, using public transport or when in a crowded indoor space. 
  • Monitor for symptoms for 10 days.
  • Go about your normal daily activities, provided you have no symptoms and your tests are negative.

If you develop COVID-19 like symptoms at any time, or are unwell:

  • test and stay at home until 24 hours after your symptoms resolve
  • if you test positive, you will need to isolate for seven days.

You do not need to restart daily testing if additional members of your household are identified as cases during the first case’s seven-day isolation period.

After the first case is released from isolation there is a 10-day period when you will not be considered a household contact even if someone else in your house tests positive.

If a new household member (not the original case) tests positive, they must isolate for seven days.

If it’s been 29 days or more since your infection, and someone in your household tests positive, then you’re considered a household contact and you should test daily for five days.