Prepare for COVID-19

Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep yourself, your friends and your family safe:

  • Stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • Get tested - no matter how mild your symptoms are. Stay home after your test until you get your result.
  • Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres away from others where possible. Consider wearing a mask in crowded situations.
  • Prepare a COVID-19 kit and care plan.

COVID-19 symptoms can be similar to the flu. Learn more about the flu and annual flu vaccinations.

COVID-19 kit

If you test positive to COVID-19 and need to isolate, it may be too late to get the essentials in order.

Be prepared and do what you can now. Your kit should include:

  • a thermometer
  • pain relief
  • your regular medications
  • a plan for who can look after your children, pets, or people in your care if you have to go to hospital
  • face masks, hand sanitiser and gloves
  • a plan for how you’ll get food and essentials for up to two weeks, such as frozen meals, long life milk, and supplies and food for your pets
    • if possible, arrange a friend or family member who doesn’t live with you to shop for you and leave it at your door
  • phone numbers for people you can call if you need help including your GP
  • stay-at-home activities to keep you entertained
  • a COVID-19 care plan in case you get COVID-19
    • you can give it to your health worker or doctor if you need to go to hospital.

Print out a copy of the COVID-19 kit PDF (227.0 KB) to put on your fridge.

COVID-19 care plan

The COVID-19 care plan includes important information about you, your health and people in your household.

You can share it with:

  • your health worker or doctor
  • other health workers such as disability carers
  • hospital staff
  • a friend or family member.

Choose a plan:

Talk to your clinic or GP in advance

People with underlying chronic disease, older people and people on some medications may benefit from medication when they get COVID-19. In these groups it decreases the chance of severe illness and needing to go to hospital.

Check your health risk to decide whether you need to talk to your GP in advance about medications for COVID-19.

Last updated: 10 August 2022

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Last updated: 10 August 2022