Do I require covid-19 antiviral medication?


There are now two oral antiviral medications available to treat covid-19 in high risk patients to reduce the risk of serious complications. The eligibility criteria for these medications have recently been widened as of July 11th 2022. If you test positive for covid-19 and fall into one of the following categories you may be eligible for antiviral medication:

  • 70 years or older regardless of risk factors, and with or without symptoms
  • 50 years or older with 2 risk factors
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, 30 years or older and with 2 risk factors.
  • 18 years or older with moderate to severe immunocompromise

Risk factors include:

  • living in residential aged care
  • living with disability with multiple conditions and/or frailty
  • neurological conditions like stroke or dementia and demyelinating conditions e.g. multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • chronic respiratory conditions including COPD, moderate or severe asthma
  • obesity (BMI>30) or […]
Do I require covid-19 antiviral medication?2022-07-10T08:26:02+00:00

What symptoms should I expect?


You might have:

  • A runny or blocked nose
  • A sore throat
  • Cough
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Change of taste or smell

Keeping a daily record of symptoms will help you work out if you are getting better or worse.

What symptoms should I expect?2022-04-29T00:07:00+00:00

How do I manage Covid-19 at home?


Most vaccinated people who have Covid-19 have a mild illness. This can usually be managed at home like any other viral illness. Many people don’t have any symptoms at all. Some have a mild illness that lasts a few days. General advice about managing symptoms and when to seek medical help can be found HERE and HERE.

If you develop severe symptoms (particularly severe headache or dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pressure or pain) you should call Triple Zero (000) straightaway and tell the ambulance staff that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Some things may place you at higher risk of severe illness and you should let us know if you are:

  • Over 65 years of age
  • Not vaccinated
  • Have a severe chronic illness and a severely compromised immune system
  • Pregnant

If you are “high risk”, you may receive a call from the NSW Health […]

How do I manage Covid-19 at home?2022-04-29T00:06:44+00:00
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