Current guidelines issued by the New Zealand Ministry of Health are to practice the standard universal precautions:
- If you are sick or feel unwell, do not attend public events, this includes Church.
- Frequently clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Coughing and sneezing etiquette: Sneeze into the folded arm; cover your cough.
- Maintain social distancing – at least 1 meter between yourself and other people. Avoid close contact with those who cough or sniff.
- Avoid touching/rubbing your eyes, nose and mouth.
- If you develop a cough and experience changes in your breathing, seek medical help early and share your travel history with the health care provider.
- Avoid open markets and direct contact with animals/animal products.
- Careful food safety practices (well-cooked food, clean produce, pasteurised milk).
- Avoid travel to endemic areas.
Symptoms of the Disease
Transmission occurs through droplets spread when infected people cough or sneeze, and it gains access to the body through the respiratory tract (lungs). The symptoms include fever, cough, muscle pain, shortness of breath and fatigue; some patients may have diarrhoea, and others very mild to no symptoms at all. While these symptoms are also typical of flu, the Coronavirus infection may lead to a more serious pneumonia infection.
If you think you have been exposed by travel or contact with an affected individual, SEEK ADVICE from your primary care physician. Be sure to disclose your travel history.
Also, follow the recommendations of our National Government. This will include self-quarantine if returning from an affected area. [This is in line with the current NZ Ministry of Health advice for those involved in overseas travel.]
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