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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

COVID-19 antiviral medicines may be an option for you

Antivirals work best when taken within 5 days from the start of symptoms. Antivirals can only be used in the early stages of infection and are not suitable for everyone. Most people can manage COVID-19 safely at home without needing antivirals. Antivirals may help people who are at higher risk of developing severe illness, depending on their circumstances.


If you test positive to COVID-19 follow the steps below to see if antiviral medicines are an option for you.

1. When you test positive to COVID-19 or register a positive RAT, you’ll receive a survey link from NSW Health via SMS.

2. If you’re identified as higher risk after completing the survey, you will receive an SMS from Healthdirect Australia about how to access antiviral medicines via your GP.

3. Contact your GP immediately to discuss using antivirals. Antiviral medicines work best within 5 days of symptoms appearing.

4. If you’re eligible, your GP will prescribe you antiviral medicines (online or paper copy).

Although registering a RAT test is no longer mandatory, voluntarily registering your result will help you access antiviral medicines if you are eligible.


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