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Testing for COVID-19 is quick and simple

If you feel unwell and have flu-like symptoms, it’s important you get tested for COVID-19. Even if you don’t think you’re very sick.

Early diagnosis means you can get the help you need and take steps to avoid spreading the virus to someone else. Symptoms include:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Sore throat.

What’s it like to have a COVID-19 test done?

The standard COVID-19 test involves collecting nasal (inside your nose) and throat swabs. The doctor or nurse doing your test will place a swab on a thin stick in the back of your throat and 2-3cm up into your nose. These samples are then sent to a laboratory for testing.

Does the COVID-19 test hurt?

The COVID-19 test shouldn’t be painful, but it can be uncomfortable – there’s a reason you don’t normally put things up your nose! It’s very quick though, so even if it feels a bit weird, it will only last a couple of seconds.

How do I prepare my child for a COVID-19 test?

COVID-19 tests are done in the same way for children as they are for adults. You can help your child feel calm by explaining to them what’s going to happen and why. Let them know that the staff will be wearing gowns, gloves and masks to keep everyone healthy. Tell them that they’ll put a little stick with a soft end in their nose and mouth, and that it won’t hurt but might feel funny. They might be fascinated to know that the doctor or nurse is testing their boogers!

Where can I get tested?

  • For residents in Albany and its surrounds, the Albany Respiratory Clinic located at the Pioneer Health precinct is available Monday - Friday 9am to 12noon. To arrange a test please call 9892 0480.

  • For other residents of the Great Southern, contact your nearest WA Country Health Service hospital and advise them of your symptoms.

Adapted from the Queensland Health website, 31 August 2020.


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