How to self-manage COVID-19
Be prepared for COVID-19
Everyone, whether you are fully vaccinated or not, should prepare for what you need to do if you get COVID-19.
Being ready for getting COVID-19 is about making sure you and your household have a plan and know what to do. It will mean your whānau and community can help each other if needed.
Get a test
You should get a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms or live with someone who has COVID-19. If you test positive, it is nothing to be embarrassed about. COVID-19 does not care who it infects.
PCR tests will still be available for priority groups with rapid antigen tests more widely available. You can get a RAT at testing sites, doctors, or pharmacies. Many workplaces are registered to get RATs as part of the Close Contact Exemption Scheme.
Complete the contact tracing form
If you are positive for COVID-19 you will get a text message with a link to an online form you need to fill out. This form will provide information to your health team about any health needs you may have.
Contact tracing will focus on high-risk exposures. People with COVID-19 will be able to notify their contacts.
How contact tracing works
Self-isolate at home
Self-isolation means staying at home and taking common-sense precautions to avoid close contact with those you live with.
Only people who have COVID-19 and their household contacts will need to self-isolate.
Seek additional health support
Help is available for people who are isolating with worsening Covid symptoms — please seek help for yourself or loved one in this situation. Community providers are well resourced to provide care in the community especially to vulnerable populations.
Wraparound health and clinical care will focus on those with high needs.
Please remember to save ambulances for emergencies.
Request welfare support
If you have COVID-19 or are self-isolating, it is important you and your household gets the right care and support to recover and get back to living a normal life.
Many people will be able to look after themselves or have support from friends and whānau. However, some people may need things like food and groceries. The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is coordinating support, and connecting people with the right service to help them.