If you test positive for COVID-19, make sure you get the help you need. For medical help, talk to your GP or call the COVID Healthline on 0800 358 5453. If you need welfare support, this link gives you information(external link) on what support is available. Most people will be able to isolate and recover in their own homes.
When one person tests positive for COVID-19, it is recommended other household members do a rapid antigen test (RAT) each day for 5 days. It is also advisable for other whare members to avoid contact with the person who has COVID.
Isolating means you need to remain at home and shouldn’t go to work, school, public areas or use public transport. You won't be able to go out to buy food or other essentials so you will need to make arrangements, eg, having groceries and medicines delivered to your home, or asking those in your household who aren't isolating to collect them for you. Or you could ask a friend or whānau member to drop off supplies. You should avoid close contact with others by:
- not having visitors
- not using taxis or public transport
- asking a friend or neighbour to get your shopping or arranging for a delivery to be left at your door
- not sharing towels, clothes, toothbrushes or razors.
This situation can be overwhelming for family/whānau. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your family/whānau for the possibility of a family member becoming ill with COVID-19.