Advice for people with COVID-19

Most people with COVID-19 (particularly those who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations) are likely to have a mild to moderate illness and will be fine to recover at home. For those who need a bit more help, support will be available.

Last updated: 25 May 2022

Testing positive for COVID-19

If you take a PCR test and return a positive result for COVID-19, you will get your result by text message from the official 2328 or 2648 number.

If you take a rapid antigen test (RAT), you will get your result at the time. If you did this yourself at home, you should record your result (positive or negative) in My Covid Record. If you cannot do this, you can call 0800 222 478 for help. If you've recorded a positive case, you'll receive a text message from the official 2328 or 2648 number.

This text will include a link to a data free online form that you will need to fill out. This form will provide information to your health team about any health needs you may have, such as if you are pregnant or have diabetes. 

If your symptoms get worse or you need urgent medical care, call your local healthcare provider or Healthline on 0800 358 5453. If you or the person you are caring for develops difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, fainting or becomes unconscious, call 111 immediately.

There are medicines available to treat COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID-19 and have other health issues or long-term conditions, talk to your GP, community pharmacy, or health care provider as soon as possible. They will advise if COVID-19 medicines are suitable for you.

More information: About COVID-19 medicines

COVID-19 vaccinations after COVID

Even if you’ve had COVID-19 you should still get any COVID-19 vaccinations you’re eligible for. It’s recommended you wait 3 months after testing positive before getting any COVID-19 vaccination. See Getting a COVID-19 vaccine if you've had COVID-19

In this section

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you need to isolate from the community to help stop the spread of the virus. Read more
  • Care in the community is where local care providers support you while you isolate at home and recover. You will get a phone number for 24 hour health support.  Welfare support is also available if you need it. Read more
  • Most people with COVID-19 develop cold and flu-like symptoms that can last up to two weeks. Find out how to manage your symptoms, what to do if you take medication or need to use equipment and caring for children with COVID-19. Read more
  • COVID-19 medicines can help people who are at risk of becoming very sick with COVID-19. Read more
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