No English, no worries with new COVID-19 testing explainer

The videos feature actors showing what happens when you get tested for COVID-19.

So you have symptoms of COVID-19. What happens next?

A new video made by Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) explains the entire process from symptoms to testing and recovery without using any words.

The video was designed for people who do not speak English and to increase accessibility for people who are deaf or have low literacy.

It features two actors who demonstrate the process of noticing symptoms, travelling to a clinic for testing, waiting at home for results, and what happens if you do test positive.

The video makes it clear that testing is free and you must stay at home until you get the results.

If you do test positive, support is available while you recover at home, including daily health check-ins to determine whether you need further medical help in hospital.

While it has been five days since NSW recorded a locally-acquired case of COVID-19, it’s important to still get tested and self-isolate as soon as you notice any symptoms.

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever (a high temperature above 37.5°C)
  • Cough
  • Sore/scratchy throat
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of taste or smell

If you have any symptoms, find your nearest testing clinic on the NSW Health website and avoid all contact with others until you get a negative result.

Many thanks to Antoine Kazzi, Le Lam and the WSLHD staff who featured in this video.