While we are still learning more about this new virus - we do know the risk of the virus spreading in New Zealand is very low - click here for what you need to know.
If you are having trouble breathing call 111 immediately. For the latest national health advice call 0800 358 5453 or visit www.health.govt.nz or contact one of our medical centres if you:
- think you have symptoms that feel or sound like Coronavirus (outlined below) to find out whether you need to see a doctor or nurse
- have travelled to the Hubei province (particularly Wuhan) or had close contact with someone with the virus in the last 2 weeks
- are planning to travel overseas and need travel health advice
- contact Healthline FREE on 0800 611 116, if you become unwell
Other up to date information on the virus and public health measures is available on these websites: Ministry of Health website and the World Health Organisation.
Currently, most cases have a mild to moderate illness. Symptoms are similar to a range of illnesses such as flu and may include:
- Chills and body aches
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Severe cases can cause pneumonia and acute respiratory infection
Look after your own health - how to stop the spread of infections
- Regularly wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly)
- Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
- If you do feel unwell you should avoid public gatherings and events
- On current advice, hand and cough hygiene are more effective than masks for reducing the spread of novel Coronavirus
How is it spreading?
Most coronaviruses can spread through coughing or sneezing, or by touching an infected person. Scientists believe the new virus can spread from person to person in close contact through the respiratory tract. There is an average of 10 days between infection and detection.
What do to if you think you may have symptoms?
If you have travelled to the Hubei province (Particularly Wuhan) in China and had close contact with someone with confirmed infection of novel Coronavirus then self-imposed quarantine for 2 weeks is advised. We do want to help, so if you visit our medical centres we will ask you to wait in a separate area of the practice and be given a surgical mask to wear until seen.