COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new virus that reportedly started in Wuhan City in China in December 2019. It causes respiratory illness (like the flu), with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.
The disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. The virus can remain alive for up to 9 days on some surfaces.
As of February 2021 confirmed COVID 19 cases worldwide is at 109M people, with a death toll of 2.41M. 61.4M people have fully recovered.
– Download the NZ COVID Tracer app
– Thoroughly wash your hands for 20 seconds
– Cough or sneeze into your elbow
– Stay at home if feeling sick
– Clean surfaces with an antiviral disinfectant
– Follow alert level guidelines
– Know the symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath)
– Keep informed by visiting Ministry of Health website https://www.health.govt.nz
– Be prepared incase of another lockdown with food, medication, and things to do
– Have face masks available
– Have a work continuity plan in place
– If feeling sick, stay at home
– Self isolate
– Wear a facemask in public
– Call GP or Healthline 0800 611 116
– Keep hydrated
– Eat well
– If confirmed to have the virus you must self isolate for at least 2 weeks
– Keep in communication with others by phone or internet
– Commence business continuity plan