Preparing for COVID
Most people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms and be able to safely isolate and 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 a few steps you can take to keep both you and your household safe:
1. Get vaccinated
If you are vaccinated, you are less likely to go to hospital or get seriously ill from COVID-19.
2. Talk to a health care worker
Make an appointment to see your health worker, doctor or specialist if you have an health concerns or conditions. Discuss your eligibility for COVID-19 treatments.
3. 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.
4. Prepare a COVID-Ready kit for your household
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).
5. Know the first steps to take after your positive COVID-19 result
It’s normal to feel worried or scared if you test positive for COVID-19.
Familiarising yourself with the latest health advice and COVID-19 information will help you be prepared to carry out the required steps when you return a COVID-19 positive result.
Knowing what will happen next and who from SA Health will provide support, can help ease any feelings of uncertainty or anxiety that you may feel if you test COVID-19 positive.