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What do I do if I am eligible for antiviral treatments for COVID-19 and I have a positive LFD result?

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Anyone who has been told by a doctor or specialist that they are eligible for new COVID-19 treatments will be able to order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.uk or by calling 119, between the hours of 7am and 11pm (people with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001 119), even if they are not symptomatic.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable and have symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate and take the LFD test.

It is important that you report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) (opens in new tab) online, by calling 119.

If you test positive for COVID-19, and are eligible, treatments need to start within five days of symptoms. Treatments will help manage your symptoms and reduce the risk of you becoming unwell.

If a test shows you are positive, a healthcare professional may contact you. This could be by telephone or text message (SMS). They will arrange an appointment to decide whether treatment is suitable for you. 

Call 111(NHS 111 Wales) if you have symptoms and have not been contacted within 48 hours of reporting a positive LFD result.

Explain that you have tested positive for COVID-19 and may be eligible for antiviral treatment.

If appropriate, the call handler may offer a nurse assessment for your symptoms or may refer you to the National Antiviral Service (NAVS) for an appointment. This is to decide whether treatment may be suitable for you.

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