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Keep calm and wash your hands

Friday 06/03/2020

With reported cases of the COVID-19 Coronavirus now in New Zealand, it is important that precautions are taken, and it is also important that information shared about the disease is based on fact. It is unhelpful to share anecdotal and unverified information.

The most up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 Coronvirus in New Zealand is available on the Ministry of Health website:

Here are the practical steps you can take to help prevent further spread:

Avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses.

Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing.

Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly: 

  • before eating or handling food
  • after using the toilet
  • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
  • after caring for sick people.


If you have any symptoms of coughing, shortness of breath, and/or a fever, especially if you’ve been overseas recently, or been in close contact with someone who has been overseas, stay home and call Healthline (0800 611 116) for advice rather than going about your usual business. And don’t turn up at your GP’s office or local hospital without calling ahead – Dr Siouxsie Wiles, The Spinoff

The Ministry of Health has a dedicated phoneline for anyone with concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. 0800 358 5453 is free to call and you may call at any time. You will have access to an interpreter if necessary.


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