With the first cases of coronavirus COVID-19 confirmed in New Zealand, it’s understandable that many people are feeling anxious.
New Zealand had been free of the virus initially, but we knew that would not last.
Most people who become infected with COVID-19 experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for some.
For that reason, we all need to be careful and observe basic health safety.
Take care of your health and protect your whānau and community by using simple health measures such as washing your hands and drying them well, covering your coughs, not touching your face or spitting and staying home if you are sick.
Keep your immune system strong: be active, eat healthy food, be smoke-free, get plenty of sleep and get this year’s flu vaccine when it becomes available. Now is a time for positive health action, not for panic.
If you are worried you may have been exposed to coronavirus, please make sure you do not go to a medical clinic in the first instance. It is important to phone the dedicated Healthline 0800 number 0800 358 5453 first; they MAY direct you to see your GP and, if so, they will alert your GP as well. The 0800 number is free and operates 24/7.
Learn more about:
- How to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
- Coronavirus COVID-19: What you need to know
- Information for health professionals
- Coronavirus videos
- Becoming ill after arriving in Aotearoa, New Zealand