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Self-care and COVID-19 test

Self-care and COVID-19 test

Staying home and resting may be a good option for minor or mild illnesses and injuries, such as:

  • Cold
  • Mild muscle pain
  • Minor headache

In looking after yourself it’s important to note that if symptoms don’t improve, or get worse, phone or visit a GP, out-of-hours medical centre or pharmacy. In an emergency, always call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance.

If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell, you should get tested for COVID-19.

Stay home until you receive a negative test result and call your GP if you need further health advice.

Call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain.

You do not need to visit an Emergency Department for COVID-19 testing. Visit the COVID-19 clinics and testing centres page to find a location to get tested.

This section includes:

  • Self-care tips
  • Find a health service
  • Babies, children and the elderly
  • Check your symptoms

This information is a guide only and is not intended to be individual medical advice and should not be considered medical advice, nor is it intended to replace consultation with a qualified doctor or other health care professional. If your symptoms don’t improve, or get worse, phone or visit a GP, out-of-hours medical centre or pharmacy. In an emergency, you should always call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance.

Self-care tips

  • Keep a first aid kit handy, stocked with bandaids, plasters, bandages, safety pins, tweezers, antiseptic cream, insect bite/sting cream, cleansing wipes and a digital thermometer. These items are all available from local pharmacies or supermarkets.
  • If you haven’t got the things you need, ask a friend, relative, carer or neighbour to get them for you while you rest.
  • Remember to store any medicines safely and keep them out of reach of children. Always check the correct dosage and use them within their use-by dates.
  • If you are vomiting or have an upset stomach, it is best to avoid unnecessary contact with other people so that you don’t pass it on.

In looking after yourself it’s important to note that if symptoms don’t improve, or get worse, phone or visit a GP, out-of-hours medical centre or pharmacy. In an emergency, always call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance.

Find services

Healthdirect Australia is a national health advice and information service which provides online, digital and telephone access to trusted health information and advice. More information on the Healthdirect app, symptom checker, and other useful resources can be found on the SA Health Healthdirect web page. To find a local GP or pharmacy, including those that bulk bill or are open after hours, visit the  Healthdirect service finder *, call 1800 022 222 or visit Adelaide PHN Adelaide After Hours service finder.

*Healthdirect is not managed by SA Health and SA Health cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. For the most up to date information, contact the service provider directly.

Babies, children and the elderly

Some conditions that are not life-threatening for an adult can be more serious for babies, children and the elderly. If you are unsure or concerned, phone or visit a GP or out-of-hours medical centre or go to the Emergency Department.

Find out more about care for children and preventing illness.

Check your symptoms

You can check your symptoms and receive some guidance about what health care option is best for your situation using the Healthdirect symptom checker.

*Healthdirect is not managed by SA Health and SA Health cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. For the most up to date information, contact the service provider directly.

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