COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
21 March 2020
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. An outbreak of the virus COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019, and cases have now been found internationally, including New Zealand.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Ministry of Health website has updated information as it becomes available and Unite against COVID-19 website should be used for guidance and has everything you need to know about COVID-19.
For general questions and if you’re not sure who to contact for help, call the free government helpline on 0800 779 997 (8am–1am, 7 days a week).
You can call Healthline’s COVID-19 advice line at any time on 0800 358 5453.
If you have other potentially life threatening problems, go to your nearest emergency department or call 111.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. There are simple steps you can take to protect you and your family/whānau.
Symptoms of COVID-19
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a cough
- a high temperature (at least 38°C)
- shortness of breath.
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. However, infections with mild symptoms such as cold-like symptoms or no symptoms are likely, but it’s not known how common this is.
How to protect yourself and others
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with tissues.
- Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
- Stay home if you feel unwell and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
Call Healthline at any time on 0800 358 5453 if you need to speak to someone. Visit www.govt.nz/covid-19-novel-coronavirus for more information.
South Seas Healthcare
Physical address: 14 Fair Mall, Auckland 2023
Phone: 09 273 9017
Clinic opening hours
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 6pm
Saturday: 8 am – 1 pm
Public Holidays: CLOSED
For After Hours Weekend and Holidays:
East Tamaki Healthcare, 160 Bairds Road, Otara
Phone: 09 274 3414
and East Care Health, 260 Botany Road, Botany
Phone: 09 277 1516