Looking after yourself

Most people who are generally fit and healthy and of younger age, especially if they have received all recommended doses of vaccine, can manage their COVID-19 recovery at home.

This section provides helpful advice for looking after yourself when you have COVID-19 and what to do if your symptoms become worse.

Monitor your COVID-19 symptoms using the My COVID-19 symptoms diary.

Most children will have mild or no symptoms, but they can still transmit the virus to others.

Learn more about looking after children who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Read about people who are immunocompromised or at risk of severe illness for more information on what to do if you are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

Find a support person

Contact a family member or friend and tell them you have COVID-19. Ask them to call you twice a day at agreed times so they know you are okay.

This support person will help keep you safe.

If they cannot contact you at the agreed times, tell your support person to check on you at your home. If they cannot reach you, they should then call the relevant authority.

Be prepared

If you do not have these essentials, discuss your options with your support person.

  1. Face masks, hand sanitiser and gloves
  2. Pain relief medication and electrolytes (available from your pharmacy or supermarket)
  3. Your regular medications
  4. Thermometer
  5. Should you need to go to hospital, you will need a plan to look after your children, pets, or people in your care
  6. How will you get food delivered? Will it be through a supermarket or can your support person help?
  7. Ensure you have the phone numbers for people you can call if you need help
  8. Make sure you have activities to keep you and others in your house, such as children, entertained
Support while you are in isolation

COVID-19 support

Mental health support

When self-isolating, you may experience a range of emotions, such as stress, worry, anxiety, boredom or low mood.

Even if you have not previously experienced a mental health problem, you may also be at risk.

If you have pre-existing mental health conditions, the pandemic may further heighten your anxious thoughts or compulsive behaviours.

You may find your previously managed symptoms may escalate, requiring additional care.

Disrupted support systems and social isolation may leave you feeling vulnerable to acute stress reactions.

Talk to your support person and your friends about how you are feeling. Sharing emotions often helps.

The Mental Health Commission also offers COVID-19 information and resources (external site), including Think Mental Health (external site). The COVID-19 – Looking After Your Mental Health section has a link to a useful check-up tool (external site) and tailored support and information for Aboriginal people (external site).

You can talk to someone at Beyond Blue (external site) (1800 512 348) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – Beyond Blue has a dedicated coronavirus mental wellbeing support service that is free to use (cost of local call applies, and could be more from mobile).

Family and domestic violence support

Financial support

COVID-19 treatments

If you have tested positive to COVID-19 you may be eligible for treatment with an antiviral medication. Before your doctor prescribes you this medication, they will check that it is the right medication to help you and that it is safe for you to use.

See the COVID-19 treatments page for more information on over-the-counter and prescription treatments for COVID-19.

 
GP Respiratory Clinics – Free testing and assessment, vaccination and treatment for COVID-19

The Australian Government has established GP Respiratory Clinics around the country to clinically assess and test people with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms (including but not limited to a fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat and/or tiredness).

They also offer free treatment for people diagnosed with COVID-19 and some clinics can also offer COVID-19 vaccinations. These clinics are GP led and offer a high quality, reassuring service to adults and children.

There is no cost to the patient and no referral is required. Bookings are essential.

People with any COVID-19 symptoms are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to attend the clinic.

For more information and to find a clinic in WA, visit GP respiratory clinics (external site).

After COVID-19

Most people with COVID-19 will recover completely within a few weeks. However, some may continue to experience symptoms for weeks or months after their diagnosis.

Resources

Please read the latest COVID-19 advice and updates for health and wellbeing, including:

  • mental health 
  • food and nutrition 
  • physical activity
  • alcohol consumption
  • smoking 
  • injury prevention
Last reviewed: 09-08-2022