All household contacts must:
- Follow the Self-isolation guideline and self-isolate for 7 days from the time the first COVID-positive person in your household had their test.
- Have a rapid antigen test (RAT) as soon as possible and again on Day 6. Have an additional RAT if you develop symptoms.
- If you have symptoms and are at risk of severe disease* from COVID-19, please have a PCR test as it is more accurate and means you can be assessed for treatment faster.
- If all tests are negative, you can leave isolation after 7 days.
The risk of developing COVID-19 is high for 14 days after exposure, therefore, for 7 days after leaving isolation you should:
- avoid high-risk settings (healthcare, aged care, disability care, correctional facilities)
- wear a mask in indoor non-residential settings
- monitor for symptoms and get a PCR test immediately if you develop symptoms
- avoid crowded venues and work from home where possible
- You do not need to repeat isolation if another person in your household tests positive in the 14 days after your isolation period ends
- If another person in your household tests positive for COVID-19 more than 14 days after your isolation period ends, you will have to isolate again and follow the instructions for household contacts of people with COVID-19.
If you get a positive result at any time, you should continue your isolation and follow the Testing positive to COVID-19 and managing COVID-19 safely at home advice. For more information, see Get tested for COVID-19.