ABOUT COVID-19

SELF ISOLATION

WITH COVID-19

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Aotearoa is at Orange
The Government’s website www.covid19.govt.nz provides some additional helpful information about self-isolation.

We’ve developed specific information on self-isolation if you or your whānau get sick with COVID-19, or you are waiting for test results.
If you or your whānau are sick with COVID-19 or waiting for test results you can keep living with your whānau or flat mates.
You should:

  • Not spend more than 15 minutes with others in the whare or flat

  • Practice physical distancing - a two arms-length distance between you and others

  • Not to spend a lot of time in shared spaces like the kitchen or the sitting room.

You should:
  • Have your own bedroom, your own linen – sheets, blankets, pillow

  • Clean the toilet and washbasin immediately after you use it or if possible, have your own toilet/bathroom

  • Be the last in your whare to shower or bath if your sharing the bathroom and then clean all the surfaces

  • Have your own toiletries – soap, towels, toothbrush

  • Wash your clothes separately from everyone else in your whare

  • Have your own eating implements plates, cups, drink bottles, knives and forks and keep them separate.

 Commonly asked questions:
I just got a positive test back, what should I expect:
  • Not spend more than 15 minutes with others in the whare or flat

  • Practice physical distancing - a two arms- length distance between you and others

  • Not to spend a lot of time in shared spaces like the kitchen or the sitting room.

 

How long are you infectious for?

 

You’re typically infectious for up to two weeks, although studies show people are most contagious within the first week, and often before symptoms appear.

When you become unwell with COVID, you shed the virus. This is the time that you are at most risk of infecting others.

Your risk of shedding the COVID virus and thus passing on COVID to others decreases over time. Most people stop shedding the virus after 14 days although tests can remain positive for an extended period. Symptoms can continue long after being infectious - in particular a cough and running nose.