What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus?

There are a few things to look out for if you think you might have the Coronavirus:

  • a cough
  • a sore throat
  • a blocked or runny nose and sneezing
  • a high temperature (at least 38°C)
  • difficulty breathing

These symptoms don’t always mean you have the Coronavirus, in fact they’re similar to common illnesses such as the cold and flu.

We don’t know yet how long symptoms will take to show after a person has been infected, but on average it’s about 5 to 6 days. 

How does the Coronavirus spread?

Coronavirus, like the flu, can spread from person to person. If someone has the Coronavirus and they cough, sneeze or talk, they could spread the virus through droplets from their mouth to loved ones around them. These droplets can travel a short distance and quickly land on surfaces or objects nearby.

People can get infected by the virus when they touch those surfaces or objects and then touch then mouth, nose or eyes.

That’s why it’s really important to use good hygiene, regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands, and cough into your elbow. For more information about this and the symptoms and spread of the Coronavirus click here.

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