After having COVID-19

You are not required to have a COVID-19 test to exit isolation.

This is because COVID-19 testing may continue to give a positive result as your body sheds the virus, even though you are no longer infectious.

Read below for what you should do.

After isolation

For 2 days after you exit isolation you must wear a mask when outside the home.

For 5 days after you exit isolation you must not enter a high risk facility unless you live there or require access to a service.

If you work in a high risk setting you cannot return to work until at least 2 days after your isolation period.

High risk facilities include:

  • hospitals and health care facilities
  • aged care facilities
  • disability residential facilities
  • correctional facilities
  • family violence, sobering up and homeless shelters.

Return to work

You can return to work after you have completed the required isolation period and no longer have symptoms.

Employers and managers don't need to request medical clearances from employees who have completed their isolation period.

You can use a statutory declaration as a medical certificate.

For 28 days after isolation

For 28 days after you have exited isolation, you are not required to get tested.

After the 28 days have passed, you must follow all testing and isolation requirements. This includes getting tested if you develop symptoms or are a close contact.

You can use the COVID positive document emailed to you when you registered your rapid antigen test as proof of your illness.

Long term effects

Most people who have COVID-19 recover completely within a few weeks.

This is not the same for everyone and depends on the severity of your illness and your underlying health.

Symptoms that are more likely to last beyond a few weeks include:

  • feeling tired (fatigue)
  • chest discomfort
  • cough.

Read more about long COVID or post-COVID conditions.

Last updated: 10 August 2022

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Last updated: 10 August 2022