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Novel Coronavirus (2019 -nCoV)

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The following information is from the Ministry of Health

What you need to know:

While we are still learning more about this new virus –

We do know the risk of the virus spreading in New Zealand is very low How worried should I be?

  • Your chances of catching the coronavirus in New Zealand are very
  • It is highly unlikely you will catch the virus walking down the street. Coronavirus appears to be as infectious as the flu and the symptoms are similar – fever, cough and shortness of breath. You are only likely to catch it if you are near to someone with the virus. Most people catch the virus from someone at home, a close workmate or someone they spend time
  • People will not be moving around the community if they are suspected or confirmed of having the virus – they will be in isolation. Their family and anyone they may have infected will also be asked to stay at

How serious is coronavirus?

  • People are being infected, mainly in China, but only a small number of those with coronavirus have
  • Most people have a mild to moderate illness with flu-like symptoms
  • People of all ages are being infected, but older people and those with medical conditions seem most likely to get seriously

How do I protect myself and my family?

Everyone should protect themselves from the virus, as you would for the ‘flu –

  • Washing your hands regularly, or using hand sanitiser, is the best way to avoid this
  • As with other illnesses, do not go to work or school, or see visitors if you are
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or clothing, and wash hands afterwards
  • Avoid being near to people who are sick
  • Washing your hands often and covering coughs and sneezes will do more to protect you from the virus than a
  • If you are sharing food, use utensils to serve the food and keep your personal spoon, fork, or chopsticks separate to avoid transmission through

What should I do if I think I could have coronavirus?

  • If you start to experience mild symptoms, then stay at home and call Healthline for advice: 0800 611 116. Interpreters are available on
  • If you start to experience more severe symptoms arrange to see a doctor urgently. Call ahead and mention your travel history. Difficulty breathing requires immediate medical attention and can be a sign of

Where can I find more information?
Information is updated regularly on the Ministry of Health website