Q. I have symptoms of Covid-19. What do I do?
A. Those aged 4-39 with Covid-19 symptoms are advised to perform an antigen test. You can book antigen tests online from the HSE between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week here. Only book 1 kit per person. Self-isolate (stay in your room) and follow this advice even if you had your first round of Covid-19 vaccines, a booster, or a positive PCR test in the past 3 months.
If you are 40 or older and you have Covid-19 symptoms, self-isolate (stay in your room) book a PCR test and follow this advice even if you had your first round of Covid-19 vaccines, a booster, or a positive PCR test in the past 3 months.
Q. What if I have a positive antigen test?
A. If you have a positive (detected) antigen test result you need to:
- self-isolate (stay in your room)
- wear a medical grade or respiratory face mask if you have to be around other people
- report your positive test result here and list your close contacts
You need a PPS number to report your result online, if you do not have one, freephone HSE Live 1800 700 700 to report your result and list your close contacts.
Q. How long to self-isolate?
A. You should self-isolate (stay in your room) as soon as you notice symptoms of Covid-19 or get a positive Covid-19 test result. Either of these are considered day zero when you are counting your days of self-isolation. You need to self-isolate for 7 fully days. You can stop self-isolating after 7 days have passed if you have no symptoms or your symptoms are mostly gone. It's ok to stop self-isolating even if you have a mild cough or changes to your sense of smell, these can last for weeks after the infection is gone.
Q. What do I do after 7 days?
A. After 7 days of self-isolation, please take extra care for another 3 days to reduce the risk of passing Covid-19 on. Limit close contact with people outside your household, wear a face covering, avoid contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness from Covid-19, work from home unless it is essential to go in person and follow all the usual advice on how to protect yourself and others from Covid-19.
Q. What do I do about missing college/work or placement while self-isolating?
A. The HSE will send you a text message notifying you of a positive PCR result or confirming that you have logged a positive antigen test. This can be presented as evidence of absence due to medical requirements to your college/work/placement officer. You can contact the student health service or your GP if you require a medical certificate.
Q. How do I get a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine?
A. You need to wait 3 months (at least 90 days) after your first round of Covid-19 vaccination before you can get a booster. If you had Covid-19 since you were vaccinated, you should get your booster dose at least 3 months after your positive test result. There are 3 ways to get your booster dose:
- book a vaccination centre appointment via www.hse.ie
- go to a walk-in booster clinic for your age group. Details via www.hse.ie
- book an appointment in a participating pharmacy
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
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