What do I need to know about Coronavirus?

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We have had a few enquiries around the concern of the coronavirus, particularly when many of you have a reduced immunity due to treatment and condition.
The information below has been sourced from the Southern DHB website.




No cases in NZ

People in the Southern Region are advised that to date there have been no cases of the novel coronavirus identified in New Zealand.

However, New Zealand’s health authorities are taking precautions and making information available to the public.

What is novel coronavirus?

Novel coronavirus first diagnosed in Wuhan, China is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted from person to person.  It has now been reported in other cities in China and other countries including Japan, Thailand, Korea, USA, Australia and Hong Kong.

It appears that most cases have mild to moderate illness.  In severe cases, the virus can cause pneumonia and severe acute respiratory infection.

What precautions can I take?

We advise people follow the basic principles to reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infections. These are:

  • avoid close contact with people suffering acute respiratory infections
  • frequently wash hands, especially after contact with ill people or their environment
  • people with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).

What about international travellers?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) does not recommend any specific health measures for travellers and New Zealand does not have any travel restrictions in respect to this novel coronavirus infection.  However, information is being made available at international airports for incoming travellers.

Travellers who become sick within a month of their arrival are encouraged to seek medical advice and contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or a doctor and share their travel history. It is important to mention recent travel from Wuhan and any known contact with someone with severe acute respiratory illness who has been in Wuhan.

For more information

More information which will be regularly updated can be found here: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/novel-coronavirus-china-2019-ncov