Vaccination provides good protection against COVID-19, and means that most people will be able to recover from their illness at home.
The Victorian Department of Health says managing COVID-19 at home when you have milder symptoms is safe.
- For mild symptoms: rest and recover at home.
- If you have worsening symptoms: contact Nurse on Call 1300 606 024, a GP, or your local pharmacist.
- For severe symptoms: get immediate help and call Triple Zero (000) if it’s urgent.
If you get COVID-19 or you are a household or household-like contact of someone who has, you must immediately isolate for seven days, and you can’t leave your house during this time.
Planning and preparing for this situation may make things a little easier if you become infected or exposed to COVID-19.
How to prepare
- Have basic medical supplies like a thermometer, pain relief, face masks, hand sanitiser.
- Have an emergency contact list
- Limit the number of people who are staying in the household. Consider alternative places for them to stay if that is safe and possible.
- Keep the doors and windows open as much as possible to let the fresh air blow through. If you have ceiling fans, keep them running at low speed.
- Wash or sanitise your hands for at least 20 seconds after you cough, sneeze, blow your nose or take off gloves and masks.
- If people are leaving you meals, tell them to leave it at the door and only collect the meal once they have moved away from the area.
For emergency food and other essential items, call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 and press 4. If you need a translator, dial zero (0).
For information about COVID-19 care for children, visit The Royal Children’s Hospital website.