I am sick and think I may have COVID-19

Last Updated: 09 Apr 2020 9:54am

I’m sick and think I might have COVID-19

If you think you might have COVID-19 because you feel unwell with a fever OR cough, sore throat or shortness of breath AND have recently travelled internationally or interstate OR had contact with a confirmed case, check our Self-Assessment Tool to see if you should seek medical advice and be tested.

Phone the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or your GP if you are worried. Tell them about your symptoms and recent travel. If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. Tell the operator and the ambulance officer about your recent travel.

If you go to see your GP, you must call ahead and mention your symptoms and recent travel.

I’m sick and I’m a healthcare / aged care worker

All healthcare workers and aged care workers who provide direct patient care who get sick with fever (≥38˚C) or history of fever (eg night sweats, chills) OR acute respiratory infection (eg shortness of breath, cough, sore throat), with or without recent travel or contact with a confirmed case, are defined as suspected cases.

You should not go to work. You should self-isolate and phone your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 immediately for advice.

I’m sick but haven’t travelled or had contact with a confirmed case (and I’m not a healthcare worker)

While COVID-19 is causing a lot of concern, it is important to remember that most people in Australia who are unwell are suffering from the usual viruses in our community.

See your GP if you feel you need to, or call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. If you suddenly get a lot worse and are worried, call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance.

You can also use healthdirect's online Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker for advice on what to do next.

I’m sick but do not have a regular GP

If you think you might have COVID-19 but don't have a regular GP/your own doctor, call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

What if I’m from overseas and I’m not eligible for Medicare

Overseas travellers who get sick in Australia (and are not eligible for Medicare) often have health or travel insurance.

For those who do not have adequate insurance coverage, Tasmanian hospitals will waive the costs of treatment and testing for COVID-19. This includes waiving payment and debt recovery procedures for ambulance transfers of people suspected to have coronavirus (COVID-19), who are taken to Tasmanian hospitals for assessment.

These arrangements have been put in place to ensure payment issues are not a barrier for people from overseas with symptoms of COVID-19 seeking early medical advice.