As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve at a rapid pace, it is important to stay informed of the latest information and updates via official sources. The Government’s resource ‘Unite against COVID-19’ is the official source of information and updates for New Zealanders – you can find this at www.covid19.govt.nz. Below you’ll also find other helpful links and sources to visit.
Keep safe and take care.
What is it and what are the symptoms?
According to Health.govt.nz, COVID-19 is a new illness caused by a type of coronavirus that can affect lungs and airways.
Symptoms include a cough, shortness of breath and a high temperature of at least 38°C. It’s important to note that these symptoms are similar to other common illnesses like cold and flu. Visit www.health.govt.nz for more information.
How long does it take for symptoms to show?
The NZ Ministry of Health says it’s not yet known how long coronavirus symptoms take to show after a person has been infected. However, “current World Health Organisation assessments suggest that it is 2-10 days.”
How does it spread?
COVID-19 spreads from person to person. According to the NZ Ministry of Health, this can happen when someone comes into contact with respiratory droplets from an infected person, or when they touch infected surfaces or objects and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes.
How can you protect yourself and your family?
About treatment and immunisation
The NZ Ministry of Health is constantly updating its health advice page here, including news about treatment and immunisation. At the time of this writing, the page states that researchers are in the early stages of developing a vaccine.
As the situation evolves, it’s important to stay informed and alert. Below are some useful links to bookmark:
- World Health Organisation
- NZ Ministry of Health
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Interactive map by Johns Hopkins CSSE, for a real-time picture of the outbreak.
Disclaimer: Please note that the content provided in this article is intended as an overview and as general information only. While care is taken to ensure accuracy and reliability, the information provided is subject to continuous change and may not reflect current development or address your situation. Before making any decisions based on the information provided in this article, please use your discretion and seek independent guidance.