How to isolate - coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you get COVID-19, you will need to isolate yourself. This is to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 to other people.

In most cases, you will be able to isolate in your own home.

If your home is not suitable, we can help you isolate somewhere else, like a hotel.

Stay at home

You must not leave your home or accommodation.

You can only leave your home for emergency situations like:

  • going to a hospital for urgent medical care
  • going to a birthing suite to support someone who is giving birth (the hospital needs to approve you being there)
  • escaping harm or risk, including sexual or domestic and family violence
  • in an emergency or disaster, such as a fire or flood.

If you are leaving isolation for these very limited reasons, you must wear a mask.

If you can't isolate at your home

You may not be able to isolate at home if you:

  • are travelling and don't have a home in Queensland
  • live in a share-house
  • live with vulnerable or elderly people that you can't live with while you have COVID-19.

If you need help finding suitable accommodation, please call 134 COVID (13 42 68).

If you live within safe travelling distance of where you currently are, you may be able to travel home and complete your isolation there.

Monitor your symptoms

Read about managing your symptoms at home and what to do if you get sicker.

Reduce the chance of spread to people you live with

You need to take steps to protect others from getting COVID-19. The people you live with, or your support worker, should also follow some of these steps to protect themselves.

Stay away from others

Do not allow anyone to visit your home, unless it’s for emergency, medical, or other essential care. That may include home care workers and nurses. You need to tell them you have COVID-19 before they arrive so they can prepare themselves to look after you.

If you live with an elderly person or someone with a compromised immune system or chronic illness, such as asthma or diabetes, they should stay elsewhere if they are able to. This is because they are at greater risk of being very sick if they get COVID-19.

As much as possible, you should stay away from other people you live with. This may include keeping 1.5 meters away from them, sleeping in a separate room and using a separate bathroom. Avoid shared areas, and avoid close contact with others, including touching, kissing, hugging and other intimate contact.

Practice good hygiene

Always cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, preferably with a tissue or your sleeve when you don’t have a tissue. Throw out any used tissues straight away in a rubbish bin.

Wash your hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds regularly, and especially after you cough, sneeze, blow your nose or take off gloves and masks. You can use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if your hands are not visibly dirty.

Do not share household items

You should not share cups, glasses, plates, utensils, towels or bedding with others in your home. These items should not be used by others until they are cleaned thoroughly with detergent and water or in a dishwasher or washing machine.

Wear a mask

If you have COVID-19, you should avoid being in the same room with others, but if you do need to be in the same room, always wear a face mask.

Keep your house open

Open doors and windows as much as you can to have good airflow, particularly in shared areas.


Clean frequently touched surfaces every day with a normal household cleaning product. This includes tabletops, doorknobs, taps, sinks, phones, keyboards, remote controls and bedside tables. Pay particular attention to the kitchen, laundry and bathroom.

Support while in isolation

You will be in isolation for a minimum of 7 full days. Read about getting the things you need like food and medication.

If you need any other support while you’re in isolation, read our guide on where to get help.

Ending isolation

Read about how to end your isolation period.