Updated: Mar 26
As our Hon PM Jacinda Ardern announced, NZ is now at Alert Level 3 and will be at Level 4 from 11:59 pm on Wed night. The Levels are explained on the government website and will be enforced for the safety and welfare of all NZers. She very wisely said be kind and help others and keep to the restrictions. We are in this together and we will get through this together.
The following is from the https://covid19.govt.nz/ website
If you have symptoms of the coronavirus please
call your GP before you visit. Or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and follow their advice.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
a fever (at least 38°C)
shortness of breath
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu.
Like the flu, COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person. The scientific evidence confirms that COVID-19 is spread by droplets. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, they may generate droplets containing the virus. These droplets are too large to stay in the air for long, so they quickly settle on surrounding surfaces.
People may get infected by the virus if they touch those surfaces or objects, and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes.
That’s why it’s really important to use good hygiene, regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands, and use good cough and sneeze etiquette.
If you go out to the supermarket or pharmacy or for a walk in your neighbourhood, the PM and medical specialists advise you to keep 2 meters distance between yourself and others. This social distancing is most important to limit the spread of this potentially deadly disease.
All our Volunteers who visit our 70+ patients have been asked by our Volunteer Coordinators to frequently phone the patients they visit and make sure that they have a family member or a friend who can bring them food. Frequent phone calls or skype calls will keep them connected and reduce the impact of isolation.
From https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-level/ see below:
We are currently at Level 3, but will move to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 at 11.59 pm on Wednesday 25 March.
This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of your household.
We know that this is a big ask. Eradicating the disease is vital to protect people’s health and ensure our health system can cope and look after New Zealanders who become sick. You may go for a walk or exercise and enjoy nature, but keep a 2 metre distance from people at all times. You can take your children outside.
Food will always be available – production will continue, distribution will continue, supermarkets will continue. You will always have access to food. Medicines will always be available. Healthcare for those that need it will be available. Your usual financial support, like benefits, will continue as normal.
Remember, whatever you do must be solitary. We're asking that you only spend time with those who you are in self-isolation with, and keep your distance from all others at all times. We need your support to protect New Zealand and eradicate COVID-19. Enforcement measures may be used to ensure everyone acts together, now.