27 Mar

Covid-19 Update Stay At Home

The current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) which started in China is now spreading through the rest of the world. The picture is changing daily.

Many of those who have died had existing medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.   However, it’s important to remember that significantly more people have survived the infection, versus those who have died from the infection. 

What are the symptoms?

The illness starts with a fever, followed by a dry cough. Around a week later shortness of breath appears which may require hospitalisation. 

The symptoms of a COVID-19 infection are similar to other flu-like diseases.  Having these symptoms does not mean you are infected with COVID-19. At present in New Zealand it is more likely these symptoms are related to an infection caused by another virus. 

COVID-19 is difficult to avoid as it may be passed on by people who do not yet show obvious signs of being unwell.  The time between being in contact with an infected person and signs of infection in a second person is between one and 14 days. 

Minimise spread – stay at home

China took stringent measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 by locking down Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak and imposing significant travel restrictions across China. Many other countries around the world are following suit. New Zealand has declared a State of Emergency and put the entire country into Alert Level 4. Go to Unite Against COVID-19 to find out more.

What should I do?

If you need medical attention, call ahead and get advice on how to organise a visit to the doctor in a way that keep others safe.

 To protect yourself and your family: 

  • stay at home, stay in your ‘bubble’
  • regularly wash hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly
  • cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and cough 
  • avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms 

More advice about preparing for an emergency can be found at GetReady.

Be prepared – get your meds delivered direct

At the time of this update routine use of face masks and antiviral medicines is not recommended. There is little data to support the use of oseltamivir or Tamiflu® for this infection and a vaccine could be over a year away. 

For people who regularly take medicines ensure you have enough medicine at home. Check out ZOOM Pharmacy’s medicine delivery service – direct to your doorstep.

ZOOM Pharmacy delivers medicine direct to your door, repeats are organised for you. ZOOM brings the pharmacy to you – rather than you having to go to the pharmacy.

Be prepared. Get ZOOM to help you manage your meds. FreePhone 0508 966 622 or visit zoompharmacy.co.nz to find out more.