Looking after your symptoms at home - coronavirus (COVID-19)
Most people will have minor symptoms just as you would for many other mild viruses, particularly if you are vaccinated and otherwise healthy. Most people will be able to manage their symptoms at home while isolating.
If you're unsure whether you need medical care for your symptoms, or if you feel you might require medical assessment or treatment, you can:
- call the National Coronavirus Helpline 24/7 on 1800 020 080 for assistance with connecting you to a health professional or hospital care, if required. Press 8 if you need an interpreter
- use the healthdirect Australia COVID-19 Symptom and Antiviral Eligibility Checker.
How to look after yourself at home
Most people will be able to manage their symptoms at home. It is important to:
- get lots of rest
- drink plenty of fluids (water is best) to avoid dehydration – drink enough so your pee is light yellow and clear
- take an over-the-counter pain medicine, like paracetamol or ibuprofen, if you feel uncomfortable
- keep in contact (not face to face) with family and friends who can check in on how you are doing
- keep a COVID-19 symptom diary , so you can track if your symptoms get worse.
While you are staying home, use our tips on looking after your mental wellbeing and keeping healthy and active at home. If you are worried about your mental health, read about when to seek help and the mental health services available to support you.
It is possible to have mild symptoms at the start of your illness but become sicker over time. Read what to do if you get sicker.