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 are:
- a cough
- a high temperature (at least 38°C)
- shortness of breath.
- sore throat
- sneezing and runny nose
- temporary loss of smell
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 requires immediate medical attention.
Although NZ is close to eradication of coronavirus the Ministry of Health is still recommending people with any of the above symptoms arrange for swabbing so as to assess for any undetected cases of community transmission. This can be arranged free of charge through your GP practice team.
How to access healthcare
St Albans Medical Centre, Mole Screen, Merivale Physio, The Eat Clinic services are all now seeing patients in-person. For those with any of the above listed symptoms however please ring reception first rather than presenting in-person.
Also Healthline 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).