COVID 19 Information

Covid 19

We do not do Covid tests at Marsden Clinic, and do not have RAT kits

Most people will have minor symptoms, particularly if vaccinated and otherwise healthy.

If you have a Positive RAT result

Note:  You do not need a PCR test to confirm a positive RAT result.

If you've tested positive on a PCR test

You do not need to report a positive PCR test – the testing clinic will do that for you.

First steps if you have COVID-19

Follow checklist below. These important steps are to protect yourself and others.

1. Isolate yourself at your home for 7 days from the date of your test  - that means staying away from other people as much as possible so you don’t infect someone else. Organise for family/friends/online ordering to deliver food and essential supplies, including medication. We can send required prescriptions electronically to your pharmacy, who can often arrange non-contact delivery of medication.

If you can’t get family or friends to help you, contact Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349

2. Tell household contacts to isolate and get tested if they have symptoms - household-contact is a person who has spent more than 4 hours in a house or other accommodation with a with a Covid positive person.

3. Tell your social, work and education contacts to get tested if they have symptoms – you may have been infectious 2 days before your symptoms started (or before your positive test if you have no symptoms)

4. Look after yourself. Focus on your health and get help if you need it – Simple medication like Paracetamol and Ibuprofen, as well as drinking adequate water, and ensuring you rest are likely to be all that most people require.

Notify us (book an urgent telephone/telehealth appointment) or seek further help if you:

  •  are not improving after 2 or 3 days, especially if you are unvaccinated or partially immunised

  •  have a chronic health condition e.g. diabetes needing medication, heart or lung disease, or you are on       prescribed immune suppressive medication

  •   are pregnant.

ONLY go to hospital or call Triple Zero (000) if you have severe symptoms:

  •  difficulty breathing even when walking around the house

  •  coughing up blood

  •  significant chest pain

  •  collapse or fainting.

You can seek medical advice by phoning the Clinic (07 32996777)

or 13HEALTH - 13 43 25 84 (Open 24/7 for confidential health advice from a nurse)

or 134 COVID (134 268)

Ending isolation

You can end your isolation when any of the following takes place:

  •  7 days have passed since result and:

  • you have not had COVID-19 symptoms for the last 48 hours (or your only remaining symptom is a very mild  dry cough)

  • you have not received a further direction to isolate from the Health Department

  • If on day 7 of isolation, you had fever and acute respiratory symptoms

  • You can end isolation if 10 days have passed since your positive COVID-19 test and you have not received a further direction to isolate from the Health Department

  • Less commonly isolation may be ended if your positive result is found to be related to a long-standing infection, and you are no longer infectious, but this requires

You must continue to wear a mask when leaving home, and avoid high risk settings e.g. hospitals, nursing homes for a further 7 days.

After completing your isolation period, you are considered a cleared case of COVID-19.

As a cleared case, you will not be considered to be a close contact of someone else within your household that may become a diagnosed person.

You do not need to a repeat test to leave isolation after a COVID-19 infection.

Household contacts who remain free of symptoms will need to be tested before leaving isolation. On Day 6 of isolation, they should take RAT self-test (or arrange a PCR if no RAT is available). If negative, they can leave home and return to normal living after completing the 7 days of home isolation but must continue to wear a mask when leaving the home and avoid visiting high-risk settings for at least 14 days following exposure to the person with COVID-19.

Special arrangements may be in place for household contacts who are considered essential workers.

 

 

Vaccination after having COVID-19

Even if you’ve recovered from COVID-19, we recommend you still get vaccinated. You are far less likely to get severe symptoms should you get COVID-19 again, if you are immunised.

We recommend you wait 3 months before being vaccinated after having COVID-19, but you should speak to your doctor about specific recommendations for your health circumstances. You must not attend a vaccination appointment if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Useful websites:

Report a positive RAT result to QLD Health

www.qld.gov.au/rat-positive 

Testing and fever clinics

www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/stay-informed/testing-and-fever-clinics