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​This information is for people with lung conditions and their whānau. Lung conditions include COPD, asthma, bronchiectasis, lung cancer, interstitial lung disease and breathing problems related to obesity.

If someone with a lung condition develops COVID -19 illness, they are likely to become very unwell. ​
There are less restrictions during Alert-Level 2 so its even more important that you and your whānau follow the basic advice for general hygiene. 

General hygiene advice is available here.


General advice for people with lung conditions


Alert-Level 2 means that staying home is no longer mandatory. However, you should continue to stay home if you are able. 


If you need or want to return to mahi, you should:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before leaving your whare

  • Avoid crowds or people who are mauuiui (sick)

  • While out, stay at least 2 metres away from others

  • Avoid touching surfaces and then your face

  • Avoid sharing things with others like your mobile phone or a pen

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser while you are out and wash your hands again when you get home. 

At home, you should regularly wipe down surfaces that get touched often, such as benches, door handles and light switches. 

We recommend that you limit contact with others you don't know as much as possible. You should keep a record of where you go and who you have been in contact with. 

Advice on how to stay well is available here. ​

Information about healthcare for people lung conditions during Alert-Level 2 is available here. 

Information about managing your lung condition during Alert-Level 2 is available here. 

Free flu vaccinations are available to all people with lung conditions. A flu vaccination won't protect you from COVID-19 but it will help to keep you healthy during the winter. More information about flu vaccinations is available here

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