What to do if I test positive
Most people who test positive to COVID-19 will be able to safely recover at home. Find out about what steps you should take and how you can access support.
Most cases of COVID-19 are mild and can be managed at home. Some people who are at higher risk may need specific antiviral treatments prescribed by a healthcare provider.
These treatments will not be suitable for everyone and are prescription only. If required, a health care provider will work with you to determine which treatment option is suitable for your circumstances.
If you think you may be eligible to receive one of these treatments, discuss this with National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080, who can notify your usual GP or health care provider.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted provisional approval to two oral COVID-19 treatments:
Antiviral treatments taken as capsules or tablets may help stop COVID-19 infection from becoming severe. Courses of these antiviral treatments need to be started as soon as possible after symptoms from COVID-19 begin.
People at higher risk of severe illness who test positive to COVID-19 are eligible for oral antiviral treatments.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may be eligible for antiviral treatments if you are:
Risk factors for these groups include:
If you test positive for COVID-19 and have moderate to severe immunocompromise, you may be eligible for antiviral treatments.
Eligible conditions include:
If you are pregnant or currently breast feeding you should not have oral COVID-19 treatments. Instead, ensure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations or discuss with your GP regarding intravenous options.
If you have severe kidney or liver disease you should not have Paxlovid COVID-19 treatment. Talk to your healthcare provider about alternative oral treatments.
If you are prescribed the oral treatment Paxlovid for COVID-19 and you are also taking prescribed birth control 'the pill', you should use extra contraception as the treatment may affect how the pill works.
Also, it is recommended you use effective forms of contraception:
Men should use contraception during and for 3 months after taking Lagevrio.
Talk to your healthcare provider about contraceptives and what is best for your situation.
The TGA has granted provisional approval for sotrovimab infusion treatment to be used in Australia.
The treatment requires a single dose to be administered through an intravenous infusion in a health care facility and reduces the risk of severe illness and hospitalisation.
For more information about eligibility to treatments and a clinical assessment for COVID-19 contact the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. This line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with additional options for priority groups.
More information on medications for treating COVID-19 is available on the healthdirect website.
Translated information about oral treatments for COVID-19 is available in multiple languages on the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care website.
Oral Treatments are available at your local community pharmacy. Find more information about participating pharmacies.
Health care providers can find more information on treatments and referrals for mild COVID-19 illness.