If you have COVID-19 you might have:

1. Cough.
2. Fever – feeling hot and then cold.
3. Trouble breathing.
4. Feeling tired, sore muscles, sore throat.

Most people have a mild sickness.
Some people get very sick.
Some people can die from Covid-19.

You are more likely to get very sick if you are:

1. Over 50 years old.

Or you have:

1. High blood pressure.
2. Heart problems.
3. Asthma and other breathing problems.
4. Diabetes.
5. People who are having treatment for cancer and blood problems.
6. Kidney problems.
7. Pregnant.
8. Other health problems you think could make you more likely to get sick.

If you are feeling sick and think it might be COVID-19.
Ring Healthline (0800 358 5453)

Or ring your Doctor.
Don’t go to the hospital because you could make others sick

Things you should do to help keep you and your whanau safe from COVID-19.

Some buildings will be closed, like, food courts, gyms, libraries, pools, games rooms, museums and picture theatres.
Some towns may be closed down except for important services, like Doctors, Chemists, Supermarkets.
Schools, Kohanga, Technical Institutes and Universities will be closed if they are affected by COVID-19.
Doctors will be asked to talk to you on the phone instead of seeing you in a clinic.

Try and work from home. Stay at home as much as you can but if you do go outside:

Stay away from crowds and people who might be sick.
Make sure there are 2 big steps between you and other people.
Kaumatua over 70 years old should stay at home.
Kaumatua over 60 years old should stay at home if they don’t need to work OR work from home.
Younger people with problems like asthma, high blood pressure, heart, diabetes, kidney, cancer, or having other medical treatments or pregnant, should stay at home.

If you are sick:

Stay at home. Call your Doctor or the Healthline for advice.
Try not to have close contact with other people.
Don’t share cups or food with other people.
Don’t hongi, hariru, shake hands, kiss.
Try an ‘elbow bump’ or a ‘chur bro’.

Wash and dry your hands a lot:

Always use soap and water.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds – if you sing ‘Tūtira mai ngā iwi’ or the ‘happy birthday song’ 2 times. That is 20 seconds.
Dry your hands well, especially between your fingers.
Try not to touch your face. Wash your hands if you do.
Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
If you use a tissue put it in a bin straight away.

How to be healthy:

Get some good sleeps, drink lots of water and eat healthy kai.
Go outside in the fresh air but remember to stay 2 big steps away from other people.

Make sure that these people get their flu shots:

All kaumatua.
Other whanau members with heart desease, diabetes, kidney problems, asthma, cancer.
Pregnant women.

Make sure immunisations for all your tamariki are up to date.

“Take your medicines. There may be some changes to medicines because of COVID-19, so ring your doctor up if you have any questions.”

Stay away from sick people.

Don’t share cups or food with sick people.

Clean your whare – door knobs, benchtops, taps, things that are
touched alot, every day.

Clean your phones, tablets and computers.

Stay happy and don’t worry.

Go for a walk – remember 2 big steps away from people.
Have a laugh.
Watch out for ‘fake news’.
Have fun things to do at home – pūrakau, books, games, colouring, movies, gardening, talk about whakapapa, maramataka.
Connect with wairua – karakia, visit the ngahere, your awa or the moana.

Stay connected with whanau and friends.

Phone them up.
Check in on Facebook, Instagram and other social media.

Try not to give people hugs.

Don’t give hugs if you or the other (adult) person is sick. If you do, make sure everyone washes their hands before and after the hug.

If you are giving a sick tamariki a hug, wash their and your hands before and after, and try not to hug them for more than 15 minutes.

If you have kaumatua, parents and tamariki living in your whare:

If you can, have kaumatua sleeping in their own bedroom.
Wash and dry your hands as soon as you get home.
Try to keep 2 big steps apart.
Don’t stay closer than 2 big steps for more than 15 minutes.
Everyone in your whare should wash and dry their hands a lot with soapy water.
Don’t have kaumatua look after tamariki because tamariki can give COVID-19 to kaumatua.

Get ready for Alert Level 4

How will you stay in touch with kaumatua, whanau and friends if you have to stay at home?
Is there anything your kaumatua and other whanau need?
If you can, buy things you might need if you have to stay home.
How can you help keep tamariki happy and busy while they are home?
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