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What to do if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 in Australia

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Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd said it was “essential” that those diagnosed positive with the virus isolate themselves at home.

Australians who are diagnosed with COVID-19 must not leave their home until their state authority has granted them permission to leave, one of the nation's top doctors has warned.

Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd said it was "essential" those diagnosed positive with the virus isolate themselves at home, even from other members of the family.

Professor Kidd stressed isolation was "mandatory" for positive diagnoses, and GP consultations could be done over the phone.

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"If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, isolation is mandatory. It is essential that you follow the instructions of your state health authorities and you remain in isolation in your home," Professor Kidd said.

"You must remain in isolation until your public health authority has advised you that it is safe to leave.

"You should keep a distance from other people in your home to avoid infecting others."

Professor Kidd said any deterioration of a positive case's condition must be reported to their doctor.

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"It is especially important to reach out to your GP if your symptoms get worse, particularly if you develop fever or if you start to have difficulty breathing," he said.

"In some cases your GP will have been notified about your diagnosis by the laboratory which carried out the test or by the facility where you had your test done but in other cases your GP may not be aware that you've been diagnosed so please be proactive and reach out to your GP, let them know what's happening."

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Professor Kidd also shed more light on mask use, advising residents of Melbourne and Mitchell Shire that it "may seem odd" to don one at first.

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews wears a mask as he walks to his daily coronavirus briefing on Sunday.

"A reminder for a mask to be effective, it needs to be properly fitted and it needs to be covering your mouth and your nose at all times," he said.

"You should avoid the temptation to touch your mask while you are wearing it and please wash and sanitise your hands before you put on a mask and when you take a mask off."

Professor Kidd also stressed disposable masks should not be worn day after day.

"Single-use masks can generally be worn for up to four hours before they have to be replaced and please dispose of these properly in a bin," he said.

"Cloth masks made of three layers of cotton can be reused but must be thoroughly washed and dried at least daily."

You can get up-to-date information from the Federal Government's Coronavirus Australia app, available on the App Store, Google Play and the Government's WhatsApp channel.

Beyond Blue's Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is a 24/7 service free of charge to all Australians. Visit the site here or call 1800512348

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-australia-what-to-do-if-you-test-positive-covid19/0dfc0692-043e-4e7a-a7b3-32741ae165b4

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