Health conditions

COVID-19 (coronavirus)

  • COVID-19 is caused by a highly contagious virus that affects the respiratory system. It can cause mild to serious illness, and even death.
  • Everyone is at risk of infection but some people are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19, including:
    • older people (over 65 years, and over 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
    • pregnant women
    • people with other health conditions (such as lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure)
    • people who are immunocompromised due to a health condition or medications/treatments.
    • people who are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccination

You should go to an emergency department (ED) if your symptoms are severe, or if you have a serious or life-threatening condition. Call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance.

For non-urgent health advice call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 or contact your GP or pharmacy.

If you need help with translating the information on these sites, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.

COVID-19 testing

Learn about testing options.

COVID-19 cases and contacts

What to do.

Aboriginal resources

COVID-19 information.

Last reviewed: 05-07-2023

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