What is COVID 19?
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a type of coronavirus. There are simple steps you can take to protect you and your family/whānau.
The symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- a cough
- a high temperature (at least 38°C)
- shortness of breath.
- sore throat
- sneezing and runny nose
- temporary loss of smell / taste
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
The vast majority of cases can be managed at home with rest, paracetamol and self-isolation from other members of the household. However shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia, and chest pain, lightheadedness are also red flag symptoms, and requires immediate medical attention.
The Ministry of Health is recommending people with any of the above symptoms arrange home RAT testing, self notify positive results and self isolate. Eligible people will be offered antiviral treatment. Please ring your GP team if you have any concerns about your well-being or the above red flags or eligibility for antiviral treatment.
COVID funding changes mean only high risk populations are now funded for free phone or in-person COVID assessments of respiratory symptoms.
How to access healthcare
St Albans Medical Centre and Remedy Pharmacy are open. For medical advice or consultation ring 033559119.
Also Healthline 08003585453 is available if you are unwell or you need medical advice.
If you cannot get through and are severely unwell, for example having trouble breathing, contact emergency services (call 111).