Rapid Antigen Testing & How to do a Nasal Antigen Test


If you test positive on a Rapid Antigen Test, you are a case.
You must immediately isolate for seven days and tell your contacts.
Your household contacts must isolate for seven days.
You no longer need to confirm your positive Rapid Antigen Test with a PCR test.

Update: Rapid antigen tests

Everyone’s first option should be to use a rapid antigen test.

They are quick and highly accurate, particularly if you have symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

  • If you have symptoms or you are a contact, and you can’t access a rapid antigen test, you should get a PCR test.
  • If you can’t access either test at the moment, isolate at home until you can.

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you are a case and you must follow your checklist and report your result

The remainder of the information on this page will be updated shortly.

Step-by-step advice

  • If you are feeling unwell do not go to work. 
  • Check your symptoms – you may have COVID-19 if you have any of the following: fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss or change in sense of smell or taste.
  • Get tested at a nearby testing location if you have any of the symptoms. Return home immediately.
  • Wait for your test results. Do not go to work or go out shopping and stay at home. It usually takes 2 days for your results to be returned to you. If you are worried your results are taking too long you can call a service provider for more information. Others in your house do not need to self-isolate unless they are also waiting for a COVID-19 test result or have been told to quarantine.
  • If you are worried you will lose pay while you wait for your results you may be eligible for a $450 COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment.
  • If your symptoms continue or your condition worsens contact your doctor or a health professional. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing, contact triple zero (000), you may need to be admitted to hospital.
  • If you test positive we will contact you. You will need to self-isolate or quarantine for 7+ from the date after you took the test. Visit Checklist for COVID cases for more information. Do not go to work or out shopping. If you are worried you will lose pay you may be eligible for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
  • If you test negative, your doctor or the clinic where you were tested will tell you your result.
    • If an authorised officer has told you to quarantine (e.g. as a close contact, as part of an outbreak, or because you have visited an interstate high risk location), you will need to quarantine for 7 or 14 days depending upon your vaccination status. Visit Checklist for COVID contacts for more information.
    • If you continue to have symptoms you should ring your general practitioner for advice. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero (000)
SOURCE AND FURTHER UPDATES: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/
Accessed 8th January 2022

Step by Step – Nasal Rapid Antigen Test


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