Do you currently have COVID-19 or are you a contact?
This page is about advice for making sure you and your household are prepared in case you or a loved one gets COVID-19 or becomes a contact in the future.
Why should I prepare?
If you get COVID-19 you should isolate as soon as you test positive for at least 5 days and until you don't have symptoms.
Preparing to stay home when you're sick will help you to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect your community.
Top 12 tips to prepare ahead
The full checklist is below, but you can use these top tips to understand some of the most important things.
- Get the next dose of your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible.
- Check if you can get to prevent or treat COVID-19. If you are eligible, see a GP to make a plan for if you do get COVID-19
- Have basic medical supplies like a thermometer, pain relief and your regular medications available
- Make sure you have enough face masks and hand sanitiser
- Plan ahead for who can safely deliver any supplies you might need while staying home with COVID-19
- Plan ahead for home activities to keep you entertained
- Plan ahead for who can look after children or pets if you have to go to hospital
- Check for symptoms regularly and as soon as they develop
- Have in your house and know the and the in advance.
- Keep your home well (windows open) and have gatherings outdoors
- Wear aif you are indoors in a public space or outside in a crowded place where you can't physically distance
- Have an emergency contact list with important phone numbers - including your GP if you have one and the National Coronavirus Helpline ()
Your checklist to prepare for COVID-19
|Do you have enough supplies, equipment and medication?||Yes/No|
|Hand sanitiser or liquid hand soap|
|Pain relief - paracetamol or ibuprofen|
|Your regular medications for a week|
|Hydration options, especially for children (i.e. icypoles or electrolyte drinks)|
|Specialised equipment if you or your family need it (wheelchair, glasses, hearing aid & supplies such as batteries)|
|Oximeter - optional but useful for older people and those with underlying medical conditions|
|Rapid antigen tests|
|Activities for a week for yourself and household members|
|Household disinfectant or disinfectant wipes|
|Enough food, water and essentials such as nappies, medications and baby formula for a week.|
|You may need specialty foods - such as nutrition drinks and ready-to-feed formula - for infants, for people with dietary restrictions, those with food allergies and sensitivities, and medical conditions such as diabetes.|
|Electronics, phone charger, internet - to help you stay in touch|
Learn about how you can manage COVID-19 at home
More help and resources
Take note of these numbers, websites and resources so you can view them when you need it:
- Your usual GP or a GP clinic near you
- National Coronavirus Helpline -
- Triple Zero ()
- Coronavirus Hotline -
- 13 HEALTH -
- Lifeline -
- Beyond Blue -
- Samaritans call back service -
Reviewed 30 December 2022