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What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new virus that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a type of coronavirus. There are simple steps you can take to protect you, your family and whānau.


What are the symptoms? 
The symptoms of COVID-19 are: 

  • a fever (at least 38°C)  

  • a cough 

  • 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 colds and flu. 

Time for symptoms to appear
We’re still learning about COVID-19. We don’t yet know how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected. Current evidence suggests it is 2–10 days. 

How it spreads
Like the flu, COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person. The scientific evidence confirms that COVID-19 is spread by droplets. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, they may generate droplets containing the virus. These droplets are too large to stay in the air for long, so they quickly settle on surrounding surfaces.

People may get infected by the virus if they touch those surfaces or objects, and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes. 

That’s why it’s really important to use good hygiene, regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands, and use good cough and sneeze etiquette

If you are concerned about coronavirus, you can phone Healthline’s free dedicated COVID-19 number:

0800 358 5453 (or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS), for health advice and information.

further government updates & Assistance on covid-19.
Unite Against Covid-19
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Social Development
HealthLine NZ
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