Self-Isolation

Prepare Pacific Fight Coronavirus Self-Isolation

Self-Isolation

The Delta variant of Covid-19 is a greater threat to peoples’ health if they contract the infection and a greater challenge to contain the spread of the virus in an outbreak.

Self-isolation means isolating away from other members of your household while you remain in your own home.  This includes having no physical contact, minimising time in shared spaces and not sharing things like cutlery and linen. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 or the Delta variant, you will receive instructions and advice from a public health official according to your specific situation and  needs.

Self isolating at home.

You must stay 2 metres away from the people you live with.  2 metres is about as long as a bed.

You must not share a bedroom with anyone else. Also spend as little time as you can in rooms you share like the:

  • bathroom
  • kitchen
  • living room.

Make sure there is fresh air in these rooms and open a window if it is not raining.

You should have your meals delivered to your room and have your own plates, forks, knives and cups which should be washed separately.

You can talk to the people in your bubble through a closed door.  They will need to wipe down bathrooms and other surfaces you touch to help stop spreading Covid-19 and the Delta variant to your loved ones.

Until you receive the test results, or you’ve recovered from the Coronavirus, all of the family must stay at home in quarantine (self-isolation).  This can take up to 14 days and might be hard for you to do if you have a big family.

If you need help with accommodation options to help your family self-isolate properly, you can contact your Doctor or your local District Health Board about how they can help.

To find out more about self-isolation see the Ministry of Health’s information on self-isolation.

Stay at home if you're sick

If you have cold or flu symptoms you should stay home, and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested. 

These symptoms include:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature of at least 38°C
  • shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • sneezing and runny nose
  • temporary loss of smell.

COVID-19 symptoms

If you have any of these symptoms it doesn’t necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu.

What We're Fighting

Important words

All the people who were living in your fale when New Zealand went into lockdown after Alert Level 4

When people who are sick are separated from thoes who are not sick

The government’s orders to everyone to stay at home unless they need to do shopping, get medicine, exercise safely or are an essential worker

A drive in centre where you can go to get tested for the Coronavirus