Just as there is no whakama in needing to be tested,
there is also no whakama in having COVID-19.
Your information will not be shared with other Government agencies like the NZ Police, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Social Development (including Oranga Tamariki or Work and Income).
If you are confirmed as having COVID-19, a public health expert in your region will contact you.
Tell you that you have COVID-19
Korero with you about the other places you have been or visited, like kohanga reo or your marae
They’ll also want to know who else you have spent time with, to work out who else might need testing.
If needed, they will contact those places and people to organise testing.
Caring for a Whānau member with COVID-19 at home.
Advice on caring for a whānau member with COVID-19 at home is available here.
Blood pressure meds won’t make COVID-19 worse
Experts are urging people with high blood pressure to keep taking their medications as usual during the COVID-19 epidemic. Some patients have been expressing concerns to doctors after the idea started circulating on social media that two common hypertension (high blood pressure) drugs could lead to more severe cases of COVID-19. However, a high-powered group of doctors and scientists in Aotearoa New Zealand have scrutinised the evidence for this theory and determined it is inconclusive and should be disregarded. Click here for more information.
Extended whānau support
COVID-19 is very serious for Māori, and if you are confirmed with having COVID-19, it is highly likely that your extended whānau will be concerned for your health.
They will want to manaaki and tiaki you and your whānau during this time, which is important but must be done safely.
If you are very ill and referred to hospital, your whānau, whether they live with you or not, will not be able to visit you by your bed.
If you are not feeling very ill, you will be sent home to self-isolate with your whanau who live with you. Whanau who don’t live with you can awhi you with shopping for kai and anything else you need, but they should not enter your home.
For Māori, regular contact with whānau is an everyday part of life. We encourage to use facebook, facetime, skype, text, emails and phone-calls to kōrero with whānau as often as you need.
Using technology to stay in touch, having a kōrero and a good laugh are all healthy ways of helping you to feel better about your situation.
Specific information about self-isolation is available here
Information about being referred to the hospital is available here.