How to register your RAT score in Victoria

If you test positive for COVID-19, you must immediately isolate yourself for seven days and ask your roommates to isolate themselves as well. Anyone who has been in a home with a COVID carrier for more than four hours is considered close contact.

Rapid antigen tests are quick and easy to use, and provide high accuracy in diagnosing COVID-19.

Rapid antigen tests are quick and easy to use, and provide high accuracy in diagnosing COVID-19.Credit:Justin McManus

You must also tell your employer, your apprenticeship position and your social contacts so that they can be tested. Social contacts are people you don’t live, work, or go to school with, with whom you have had 15 minutes face-to-face contact, or with whom you have spent at least two hours indoors.

Report your result through the system of the state or territory in which you are at the time of the positive test.

Of course, the most important piece of advice in all of this is to isolate yourself while experiencing COVID-like symptoms. So, if you are still uncomfortable after the seven-day isolation period is up, it is advisable to stay behind closed doors.

What if I test negative on my RAT?

RATS are quick and very accurate. So if you test negative and you don’t have any COVID-like symptoms, it means you probably don’t have the virus and can continue as normal.

The exception is that if you are a household contact, you will have to go through the seven-day isolation period regardless of your score.

If, despite a negative RAT result, you show symptoms similar to COVID, you should ask your GP for advice.

If you feel extremely uncomfortable or have difficulty breathing, give Triple Zero a call.

Do i need a PCR test?

You don’t need a PCR test if you test positive on a RAT. But if you have symptoms and can’t get RAT, you can get PCR.

The other way that PCR is recommended is that the two of you have no symptoms and have not been in close contact, but still tested positive for a RAT should you receive a PCR for confirmation.

If you wait for a PCR result after a positive RAT test, you are officially considered a positive.

However, it can get confusing at this point, if you are doing a PCR test to confirm a positive RAT result and the PCR test is negative, that result will overwrite the positive RAT result. You still need to isolate yourself while waiting for the PCR test result and the government says you can expect delays of up to 5 days.

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What if I don’t get a RAT?

RATs are in short supply at the moment. So if you have symptoms but can’t get RAT, the government recommends getting a PCR. And if you can’t get a PCR test, you’ll need to isolate it until you can access one of the tests. The same applies if you are a household contact.

What kind of support is there if I test positive?

If you are unable to work waiting in isolation for PCR results, a government grant of $ 450 is available. This payment is only available after a PCR test, RATs are not covered.

However, if you test positive with a RAT and need to isolate yourself, you can apply for the Pandemic Vacation Disaster Payment, which provides $ 750 for 7 days of home isolation or quarantine. If you need to isolate for 10 days, you can request two payments of $ 750.

There are also aid kits that the Australian Red Cross can deliver to those in need. The packages contain basic food and personal care items designed for a four-person household of two weeks.

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Source: | This article originally belongs to smh.com.au

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