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New Zealand is at ALERT LEVEL 2 - Prepare

Auckland is at level 3 til 6 March.

Keep a distance, wear your masks on public transport, and wash your hands. If you're sick stay home and contact your GP or Healthline. Keep track of where you've been and who you've seen. Gatherings are restrictted to 100 people. You can learn more about alert level restrictions at www.covid19.govt.nz.

For an update on cases head to the Ministry of Health's current cases page.

ALERT LEVEL 2

There is a COVID-19 Alert Level System in place across New Zealand.

Origins

Coronavirus is a large group of viruses which cause illnesses such as the common cold. COVID-19 was first reported in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

Symptoms

A dry cough. fever, fatigue shortness of breath, sore throat. Its difficult to differentiate between COVID-19 and the common flu.

Symptoms take anywhere from 2 to 10 days to show after a person has been infected and not everyone has symptoms.

What to do at Level 1

  • Gatherings limited to 100
  • Keep scanning/contact tracing
  • Keep a 2m distance from people you don't know
  • Keep a 1m distance in workplaces
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Stay home if you're sick
  • Wear a facemask on public transport
  • Get a test if you're unwell or have been in one of the locations of interest
  • Take extra precautions if you're medically vulnerable.

View the full alert system here.

Tikanga Māori

We have been asked to refrain from physical contact to prevent COVID-19 spreading further. This means suspending customs like hongi or harirū alongside kissing, hugging and other forms of close contact.

Response Stage

We are at Level 2: Reduce. The disease is contained in Aotearoa.

COVID-19 Waves

We are currently working across Waves 3 and 4 of the Pandemic. This involves transitioning from a medical and clinical focus to a social and employment one.

Stages of covid-19 symptoms
COVID19 Waves

Testing and assessment

Contact your GP if you think you need to be tested. Tests are currently operated through pathlab via GP referral or check out the dates we are operating on our testing page.

How It Spreads

Like the common flu, COVID-19 spreads from person to person — through coughing, sneezing and conversations.

It can also sit on surfaces and can be picked up through touch afterwards—where the hand then touches mouth, nose or face.

Impact

Once patients have been diagnosed with COVID-19 the majority go on to make a full recovery.

The elderly (60+) are the most vulnerable part of our population.

Vaccines

There are a number of vaccines being rolled out and tested. For more information head to the COVID 19 Vaccines page

What does Flattening the Curve Mean?

As cases increase, the curve gets higher. In order to stop the virus from spreading and flatten the curve, the government puts in place social controls to prevent interaction, assembly and movement.

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