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Aussie influencers are spilling the tea on how to potentially get your PCR test results back 12-24 hours sooner than you normally would.

Have you recently lined up for hours to get a PCR test, returned home to isolate, and then anxiously awaited that little all-revealing SMS, only to wait five days and still not receive anything?

You're not alone.

With the Omicron variant spreading like wildfire across the nation, thousands of Aussies are currently stuck at home, (not so) patiently waiting for their COVID test results.

Turns out, you could actually know your PCR test result well before you even receive it via text message.

Influencers and other randoms on the internet are claiming that they've accessed their COVID-19 test report on myGov, Australia's online government platform.

Here's the real kicker, many people have allegedly seen their results on myGov between 12 and 24 hours before they got an official text.  

Jeff van de Zandt, Victorian funnyman and TikToker, was one of many to loop his Instagram followers in on the hack.

"If you're waiting on your results, go to the myGov website and go to your my Health Record."

"You might actually find your results there 12-24 hours before they actually send you a text," he said.

"I haven't received my text yet but I've seen my report."

If you're thinking of getting a COVID test but aren't sure if you should opt for PCR or RAT, Australia's Health Direct have some suggestions:

You should get a PCR test if:

  • you have symptoms of COVID-19
  • you tested positive on a RAT and you need a PCR test to confirm your result
  • you are a close contact and don't have symptoms, but can't access a RAT

You should use a RAT if:

  • you’ve been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (not a close contact) and don’t have symptoms
  • you want to check if you have COVID-19 before attending a large event or visiting vulnerable people
  • if required as part of a screening program by your school or your employer.

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