COVID-19 is a new illness.It is caused by a corona virus
1. Have a cough.
2. Have a fever – this is when you get really hot.
3. Find it hard to breathe.
It is important to know that people who get a cold or flu may also have these things.
Some people with COVID-19 may not get sick. But they can still pass the virus to another person.
It can take up to 14 days from the time a person has been around someone with COVID-19 to when they get sick.
You are more likely to get very sick if you are:
They are over 50 years of age.
Or you have:
1. High blood pressure.
3.Asthma and other breathing problems.
5.People who are having treatment for cancer and blood problems.
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 your Doctor or the hospital because you could make others sick.
ALERT LEVEL 4
Things you should do to help keep you and your whanau safe from COVID-19.
All public 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.
Doctors will be asked to talk to you on the phone instead of seeing you in a clinic.
You will be told to stay at home. Only leave your whare for urgent things like going to the doctor, hospital, chemist and supermarket.
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.
Wash and dry your hands as soon as you get home.
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.