Minimise potential community spread of COVID-19
17 March 2020
With the coronavirus outbreak numbers slowly on the rise in New Zealand, we remind our families and communities about good hygiene practices.
Make sure you wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as much as possible.
Avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing and sneezing. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and spreads via droplets from the nose or mouth expelled when a person with the disease coughs, sneezes, spits or exhales. Symptoms are similar to that of the flu: fever, tiredness and dry coughs. To avoid infection, people should stay at least a metre away from someone who has the virus.
Avoid shaking hands or hugging entirely, to reduce the risk of spreading infection.
Most importantly, if you think you may have coronavirus, take every precaution you can not to infect others. Self-isolation is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and others, especially your loved ones from this pandemic.
If you are unwell, you should not be attending large public gatherings or events. We have to work together to minimise any potential community spread of the virus.
The Ministry of Health have translated resources relating to COVID-19 in a range of Pacific languages. You can access these resources here
Our message is simple, if you are sick stay home, especially if you have respiratory symptoms (coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath). Self-isolation will help in the protection of your loved ones as well as yourself.
Remember to regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands and use good cough and sneeze etiquette. Shield coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your clothes or the crook of your elbow or shoulder, not your bare hands.
Always refer to the Ministry of Health website for the most up-to-date information and advice on COVID-19.
People who display symptoms should seek medical advice immediately. Call Healthline on the dedicated free COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or phone your medical centre before you attend.
South Seas Healthcare
Physical address: 14 Fair Mall, Auckland 2023
Phone: 09 273 9017
Clinic opening hours
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm
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