Preparing for COVID

Most people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms and be able to safely manage their symptoms at home. It’s important to have a plan in case you or anyone in your household gets COVID-19.

There are things you can do to keep both you and your household safe.

Get vaccinated

If you are vaccinated, you are less likely to go to hospital or get seriously ill from COVID-19.

Talk to a health care worker

Make an appointment to see your health worker, doctor or specialist if you have any health concerns or conditions. Discuss your eligibility for COVID-19 treatments.

Wear a mask

Carry a mask with you at all times, even if they aren’t mandatory. Use your mask when you can’t keep 1.5 metres away from others. 

Find out more information about wearing a mask

Prepare what you might need

Stock up on some common household items to treat your COVID-19 symptoms, such as:

  • a thermometer
  • pain relief (paracetamol or ibuprofen)
  • your regular medications (keep more than 2 weeks supply)
  • oral rehydration solutions/powders/tablets
  • sore throat lozenges
  • a plan for who can look after your children, pets, or people in your care if you have to go to hospital
  • masks, hand sanitiser and gloves
  • a plan for how you’ll get food and essentials for two weeks (know how to order online or have a family member/friend who can drop off supplies).

Know what to do if you test positive

It’s normal to feel worried or scared if you test positive for COVID-19.

Knowing what will happen next and who can provide support, can help ease any feelings of uncertainty or anxiety that you may feel if you test COVID-19 positive.

Find more information about what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.