Self-Isolation

Prepare Pacific Fight Coronavirus Self-Isolation

Self-Isolation

Self-isolation is different from the lockdown.  It is about creating physical distance while keeping our social connection with each other.

If a person in your bubble thinks they have Coronavirus, or they are waiting for their test results, or have tested positive for Coronavirus, they must self-isolate in a separate room from everyone else.  They should have their meals delivered to their room and have their own plates, forks, knives and cups which should be washed separately. 

You can talk to them through a closed door.  Remember to wipe down bathrooms and other surfaces after they have been used by that family member.  Doing this helps you to stop spreading the Coronavirus to your loved ones.  Until you receive the test results, or the sick person has 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.

Until you receive the test results, or the sick person has 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

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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

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