COVID-19 self-care guide

Essential pre-planning information for people with chronic conditions

Create your action plan: Pre-planning for getting COVID-19
Assessing symptoms: Getting diagnosed and monitoring
Managing chronic conditions when you have COVID-19

Like most Australians, people with chronic health issues need to be fully prepared for dealing with COVID-19 infections in the home. Global Healthy Living Foundation Australia has compiled a list of practical tips and links to other reliable advice and resources to help you plan your self-management.

Most Australians with underlying health conditions have spent the last two years doing everything possible to avoid contracting COVID-19 and many have had their third primary COVID-19 vaccine dose. Yet, as cases surge across Australia, many are, or may soon be, dealing with COVID-19 and their existing health issues.

Being vaccinated does decrease the risk of developing a serious infection, however, you may still develop symptoms that can vary from mild to severe. Importantly, some conditions and treatments can also increase your risk of developing severe symptoms.

COVID-19 can be transmitted via:

  • Fine respiratory droplets and aerosol particles
  • Direct physical contact
  • Fomite / indirect contact transmission routes

All those who contract COVID across Australia are currently being asked to self-manage their symptoms at home as much as possible. If you have a high risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms you may need to access a range of healthcare services at short notice. Therefore, it’s important for you to know what to do to manage your COVID-19 symptoms, your chronic conditions and your everyday life at the same time.

In this guide, you will find practical tips and resources to help you or someone in your household:

  • Create a household COVID-19 action plan in case one of you contracts the virus
  • Know what to do if one of you becomes COVID-19 positive
  • Know what to do if one of you has a chronic condition and COVID-19 at the same time
  • Access further information as you need it

We’ve included tips and links from reputable resources such as government websites, medical associations and health care organisations. We’ve also included practical tips from members of our patient community who have lived experience of having COVID-19 and chronic health issues.

Disclaimer: This information should never replace the information and advice from your treating doctors. It is meant to inform the discussion that you have with healthcare professionals, as well as others who play a role in your care and well-being.

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