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If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 you should get tested, even if your symptoms are mild.

Someone who has COVID-19 can have some or all of these symptoms:

COVID-19 symptoms

Please get tested for COVID-19 if you have any of these symptoms. Your visa status will not be affected if you get a COVID-19 test, even if you test positive.

Testing locations

You can get a COVID-19 test at:

  • A fever clinic:
    • You can get tested at a fever clinic if you have COVID-19 symptoms and are unwell.
    • Testing is free at a public fever clinic.
  • Your local doctor:
    • Make sure you call your doctor’s office first to tell them about your symptoms.
    • You can get a COVID-19 test from your doctor even if you don’t have symptoms (for example if you need one to return to your home country).
    • The doctor might send you to a pathology clinic to get the test.
    • You might need to pay the gap between the cost of the test and the insurance cover. Ask your doctor’s office about this.

You can find a place to get a COVID-19 test here: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/stay-informed/testing-and-fever-clinics#testing-centre-map.

Waiting for a test result

  • After your test, you need to go home until you are told by a medical professional that you do not have COVID-19. This may take a few days.
  • If you become sicker while you are waiting for results, contact your doctor or call an ambulance on 000. Make sure you let them know you are waiting for test results for COVID-19. If you are very sick, you may be admitted to hospital for treatment.
  • If your test result is positive, you will receive a call from a public health doctor or nurse who will tell you what to do next.
  • If your test result is negative, your doctor or the clinic that tested you may let you know. Depending on where you got tested, you may just receive a text message.
  • If you do go out when your doctor or the government has told you to stay home, then you are breaking the law and can be fined.

Need more information or don’t understand this document?

Call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) and ask for an interpreter. It is free.

Support

If you feel worried, scared or sad about COVID-19 you can phone Multicultural Connect on
1300 079 020. This is a Queensland-wide service for people from multicultural backgrounds whose lives have been affected by COVID-19. Ask for an interpreter if you need language support.