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I have the covid. What's the procedure now?

  • 02-01-2022 4:34pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,323 ✭✭✭ JackieChang

    I'm sorry but I can't read 5000 threads and posts. I know the info is there somewhere but it's full of arguments and debates.

    I just came here from google.

    So I tested positive on an antigen test today. I'm fully vaxxed but not boosted yet.

    Do I HAVE to take a PCR test now? Note: I work from home.

    If I don't have to, should I?



  • Registered Users, Subscribers Posts: 2,179 ✭✭✭ Raichu

    It’s not absolutely necessary, no. And honestly very unlikely you’ll manage to get an appointment considering how hard they are to get now!

    as above self isolate and just wait it out! If you feel like you may end up getting quite sick and be unable to work for a while you SHOULD get a PCR - as it’s required to apply for PUP or sick leave etc.

    i think recode the site is dead on I’m saying it’s just a matter of time til we all catch it with how it’s spreading at the moment. I’m actually back to feeling the same way I did back in early 2020 haha.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,862 ✭✭✭ touts

    There is an 8 day waiting list for PCR tests through a GP and the self referral system has collapsed. So forget the official system. That is overwhelmed.

    Here is what we did in my family when we had a couple of positive antigen tests last week (Last Wednesday. Got one PCR appointment for next Wednesday and another for Thursday so 8-9 days waiting time).

    1. Assume you are positive.

    2. Self isolate. If you need to get someone to drop food etc to you do that. Also ask them to get you additional Antigen tests. Test yourself every day for a week.

    3. Let your close contacts know that you tested positive and advise them to test themselves and follow the official advice on what close contacts should do.

    4. Phone your GP. You might as well join the 8 day queue in case the government pull their heads out of their arse and fix the system somehow (unlikely but hey why not). When you get a test sometime next week or early the following then you will know.

    5. If you have any symptoms also let the GP know. Take this seriously. If you feel it is getting worse then let them know. You have to be unlucky to be seriously ill but there are hundreds of unlucky people in hospital.

    6. If you are awake at midnight you can join the lunacy of the booking system. Some people are getting slots but it's like winning the lottery at this point.

    7. Take care of yourself. You will be ok.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,405 ✭✭✭✭ recode the site

    That’s like having a 10 month waiting list to give birth in a Mater it’s hospital 😂

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,128 ✭✭✭✭ Mrs OBumble

    How old are you? Do you need to claim welfare?

    Yes, it's relevant.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,323 ✭✭✭ JackieChang

    Thanks for the tips.

    I'm 35 and don't need to claim welfare. I'm back to work on Tuesday, but I can work from home. I'd honestly feel guilty calling in sick with these symptoms.

    Sore throat (Lemsip makes it better) Bit of a dry cough. When I say a bit, I mean I cough every 2 or 3 hours. Foggy head from not sleeping great. That's the worst part - the sore throat wakes me up in the middle of the night. No fever.

    People have said to inform your GP if your symptoms are bad. Well, GPs close at 5pm so that's great.

    Anyway I don't feel like it's getting worse. Have had this sore throat for a few days now with no change.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,454 ✭✭✭ charlie_says

    To not be a burden on that health system get no treatment for the deadly pandemic and if you get worse then go to hospital.

  • Registered Users, Subscribers Posts: 2,179 ✭✭✭ Raichu

    People have said to inform your GP if your symptoms are bad. Well, GPs close at 5pm so that's great.

    They’re usually not open Sundays either! Which I always thought was odd. Hospitals are open 24/7, surely GP offices could be opened on weekends.. at least Saturday! But I digress.

    regardless OP if you find you need to speak with a Doctor urgently and the GP isn’t open (which they probably won’t be until Tuesday) go with the out of hours doctor or phone the emergency number provided if there is one. Usually it’s on the voice message if you phone the office when they’re closed.

    Sounds like you’ve got a fairly minor dose of it in fairness. I highly recommend before bedtime (around 15 mins before) take a paracetamol and nuerofen if you have any. (provided you haven’t had any Lempsip in the previous 4 hours) the ibeprofun you can take alongside paracetamol.

    i had strep throat over Christmas and found I slept through the pain much better when I took pain killers right before heading to sleep!

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,503 ✭✭✭ spaceHopper

    Book an antigen test from the HSE they post them out. There is a link in the below page

    By getting a HSE antigen test hopefully you can log the result to get a certificate of recovery as if you want to travel you will need one

  • Registered Users Posts: 868 ✭✭✭ cosanostra

    You'd need a pcr to show you had covid and recovered as you will not be able to get your booster thus could make travelling and socialising difficult

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,323 ✭✭✭ JackieChang

    It is literally impossible to get a PCR test. I guess by the time a test is available, I'll be recovered.

    Why can't I get booster? I won't get one now, but maybe in a few weeks time.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    if you do nothing, you can get a booster when you're recovered

    if you go get a PCR test and test positive you will not be able to get a booster until 3 months have elapsed (assuming it's checked in your case).

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,493 ✭✭✭ Bawnmore

    Worth mentioning that it might not be the same with backlogs in every part of the country. My wife had 2 positive antigen tests yesterday evening - I waited up until 12 to book her a PCR online but missed it by trying to figure out what I was doing at 12. Tried again for 12.30 and got one for today at 2PM (not our closest one, about an hour away). She called our GP this morning and they referred her for an appointment in our closest one for 7PM this evening.

  • Registered Users Posts: 407 ✭✭ erlichbachman

    The advice is not to get it, but once you've got it then don't spread it, and once you recover then don't get it again, but once you've got it again then don't spread it again, and so and so forth, ad infinitum 😷

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,979 ✭✭✭ opinionated3

    I had very mild symptoms indeed, but when they started, I immediately went on nurofen cold and flu tablets. I thought they were very effective ( in my case anyway). I read somewhere that the only treatment was to treat it as a normal cold/ flu, so that's what I did. As well as isolating of course. Should also add that I'm fully vaccinated and boosted so I'm sure they helped me as well.

    The irony of all of this is that my relatives/ friends who are anti vax for whatever reason, haven't got COVID yet! I'm shocked tbh but I still reckon they'll pick it up eventually. I hope they have as easy a run of it as I have had.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,230 ✭✭✭✭ Donald Trump

    It's a virus. There isn't much they can do for you. There are some anti-viral drugs coming down the line. HSE have had guidelines up since the start

  • Registered Users Posts: 306 ✭✭ Shoelaces

    Sorry for the potentially idiotic question. Tested positive through antigen test last Thursday and have been isolating since. Does my isolation period end this Thursday dependent on a negative antigen test result? Thank you for your patience.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,239 ✭✭✭ Buffman

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,230 ✭✭✭✭ Donald Trump

    That's a handy graph but it doesn't answer his question. He tested positive. The time periods on that graph are all for close contacts who have not tested positive yet.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,294 ✭✭✭ Heckler

    I tested positive tuesday night (vaccinated and boostered). I'm gonna isolate till next tues (as per HSE guidelines) then provided I have no symptoms and neg antigen I'm gonna consider myself good to go. Not bothering with the PCR.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,230 ✭✭✭✭ Donald Trump

    I think getting a PCR is part of the guidelines. I don't think what you are suggesting is there is it?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,048 ✭✭✭ cuttingtimber22

    The problem is that there are no PCR tests available. I would think it is Responsible to isolate and test negative out of it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,230 ✭✭✭✭ Donald Trump

    I'm not aware of any guidelines that say you can stop isolation after 7 days based on a negative antigen test

  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 9,960 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Hellrazer

    I rang the HSE after testing positive on Tuesday - basically as there are no PCR tests availabel the steps they told me to take were

    1. Isolate assuming you have it.
    2. Join the queue for a pcr test with GP.
    3. Test every second day with antigens.
    4. After 7 days ( boosted ) and no positive antigen test you are good to leave isolation and resume normal activities.. If you arent boosted then its 10 days isolation and antigen tests every second day and again assuming no positive test you can resume normal activity.

    If you do get a pcr test you can attend to get it so you can get the recovery certificate or need it for social welfare. For return to work etc you take the first day of your positive antigen test as day 1 of the isolation period.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,048 ✭✭✭ cuttingtimber22

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,230 ✭✭✭✭ Donald Trump

    Fair enough, but it isn't as simple as the original poster stated. It depends on you being boosted more than 7 days ago plus not still feeling unwell on day 7.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,013 ✭✭✭ bloopy

    I am curious about this also. With all the people I know who came down with the virus over the Christmas, none were unvaccinated.

    I think, though, it might be a case of the unvaccinated group being so small that it is not useful as a metric now when it comes to spread.

    Also, anyone I know who is unvaccinated has been especially careful over the last two months - they are terrified of getting caught up in an outbreak somewhere and getting the blame, so they've pretty much been sticking ridgidly to the social distancing and avoiding large groups.

    With one group, however, there was an outbreak after a Christmas house gathering where pretty much everyone caught the damn thing - except the one guy who had refused to get the vaccine. Not sure what to make of that one.

  • Registered Users Posts: 514 ✭✭✭ PeaSea

    Yeah, its the same up here in NI. The wife and I had it in Nov, loads of advice up to the point when you're positive, then all contact ends. We phoned the docs office to inform them (to have it recorded I suppose) and apart from telling me I couldn't get a booster for 28 days, again no advice. They even sent me an appointment letter for my booster a week later, so even by this stage after 2 years of covid their process is a bit naff.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,294 ✭✭✭ Heckler


    Basically the PCR is only going to confirm what I already know. If I can't get PCR for week or so its probable i'd be testing neg with antigen and am not transmissible but as the PCR can detect Covid for up to 90 days after infection I'd be isolating and missing work for no reason.