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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 

Basic Facts about COVID-19

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

  • Over 50 years old

 

Or you have:

  • High blood pressure

  • Heart problems

  • Asthma and other breathing problems

  • Diabetes

  • having treatment for cancer and some blood problems

  • kidney problems

  • Other health problems which mean you are more likely to get sick

 

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a cough

  • fever

  • shortness of breath

If you or anyone in your whānau have these symptoms you should first contact your GP or the Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

Don’t visit your doctor or hospital if you think you or your whānau might have COVID-19 as others could become infected. 

Your doctor or the Healthline will carry out an initial over-the-phone assessment and depending on the outcome, they’ll tell you what to do next.

Depending on where you live, you or your whānau could also visit a CBAC (Comunity Based Assessment Centre) for an assessment and possible testing if there is one near you.

There are simple steps to keep yourselves safe from COVID-19.

No hongi, kihi or awhi or shaking hands. Instead of traditional hariru, you should bump elbows, give the “East Coast” nod, use hand signals, or simply say “kia ora”. 

Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds at a time using soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Keep your distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneeze’s they spray hūpe (snot) from their nose or tuha (spit) from their mouth which could contain virus. If you’re too close, you can breathe in the hūpe or tuha and get sick.

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with your bent elbow or into a tissue. If you cough or sneeze into a tissue, throw it in the bin immediately. Hūpe and tuha spread virus. By following good hygiene, you can protect your whānau from getting sick.

Don’t share unwashed ipu, utensils or bitten kai with anyone. Having a kai with whanau and others is a significant part of our tikanga and is still encouraged. It’s important that you don’t share unwashed ipu (bottles, cans or cups), utensils or bitten kai with anyone else.

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