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Why health authorities are recommending infected Aussies with COVID-19 “Stay at Home”

15 Jan 2024

Staying at home can help you recover faster and prevent the spread of COVID-19 to people in your community. If you need to speak to a doctor, telehealth services reduce the spread of illnesses like COVID-19 by allowing people to access medical advice when they are sick, without having to leave their home.

The latest New South Wales Covid surveillance data published on Thursday shows that in the fortnight ending 6 January, community transmission of the virus was at a higher level than during the 2023 winter peak.*

NSW Health’s Head of Health Protection James McAnulty recommended that those in NSW who test positive to the virus stay home or wear a mask if they need to go outside.

“Stay at home if you’ve got symptoms, until those symptoms resolve. If you need to go out for essential reasons, then wear a mask,” he said.*

With Our Sage telehealth services, you can stay home and request a telehealth consult from real GPs when you need it. Our Sage GPs are available 7am – 11pm, every day, including weekends and public holidays so you have the peace of mind knowing you can speak to a real GP from anywhere in Australia for:

Get a referral for COVID-19 PCR Test

The PCR testing process for COVID-19 in Australia has changed. In order to get a free COVID-19 PCR test, you will need a pathology referral from a doctor. You can easily speak to one of our Australian qualified doctors who can give you a pathology referral over the phone. Simply request a telehealth consult via the Our Sage app or website and if approved, your referral letter will be sent straight to your phone.

You may be eligible for COVID-19 antiviral medication

For people with COVID-19, and if deemed appropriate by a GP, oral COVID-19 antiviral medicines can be used to help to stop the severity of the COVID-19 infection. COVID-19 antiviral medications need to be taken as soon as possible after COVID-19 symptoms begin for them to be effective. You may be eligible for an oral COVID-19 antiviral medicine if you:

  • are 18 years and older, and
  • have COVID-19, and
  • are at higher risk of becoming very sick

Online prescriptions such as the COVID-19 antiviral medication, are issued at the discretion of Our Sage GPs.

*Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not have oral COVID-19 medicine.

*source https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/11/covid-case-numbers-rise-sydney-jn-1-variant


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