With the imminent arrival of the Omicron variant within the community, the government has provided an update. On 20th January, the Prime Minister said: "When we have evidence of Omicron transmitting in the community we won't use lockdowns, instead the whole country will move into Red. It is important to remember that red does not mean lockdowns, or regional boundaries, and business remains open.""For the most part, (infected) people will be well enough to stay at home with whānau. So think about what you'd need to stay home for that period."
Most cases of COVID-19 are like a mild to moderate cold, which can be self-managed. The severity of your symptoms, your age and state of health before catching COVID, will determine whether you need to contact your GP.
Here is some practical advice from a Melbourne GP
to help you prepare, so that you can manage a COVID infection while staying at home. The Australian Health COVID-19 Symptom Checker
is a useful site to help you decide if you need medical attentionSelf-Isolation:
Detailed tips on self-isolation are available from the COVID website
You will need to isolate for at least:
- 10 days while you recover from COVID-19 and be symptom-free for 72 hours, if you are fully vaccinated
- 14 days while you recover from COVID-19 and be symptom-free for 72 hours, if you are not fully vaccinated
Here is what to expect while self isolating
. Once the last case has been released from isolation, the remaining members of the household will have a further period of 10 days in isolation.
Items for isolation and cleaning:
- Hand Sanitizer
- Hospital Grade Disinfectant
- Bin Liners and bins for each room
- Paper towelling for wiping down surfaces
- Ibuprofen / Paracetamol for aches and pains/fever
- Throat lozenges for sore throat
- A supply of all your regular medications
Put together a contact list of your GP, Pharmacist, close friends and family, food and meal delivery and the COVID-19 information hotline.
You can call the dedicated COVID-19 Health line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
- for free on 0800 358 5453
- on +64 9 358 5453 if you have an international SIM
For any other health concerns, call the general Healthline number on 0800 611 116. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Remember if at any time you need urgent medical help or are having difficulties breathing, call 111 immediately. Tell them you have COVID-19 when you ring.
Additional COVID-19 Support information is available on the governments COVID-19 website
. Normal temperature, pulse & breathing rates:
Temperature: All patient ages 35.5–37.4°C
Pulse: Adult 60–90 beats/minute; Child 70–110 beats/minute; Infant 70–120 beats/minute
Breathing: Adult 10–20 breaths/minute; Child 20–30 breaths/minute; Infant 30–50 breaths/minute
Find out more at Covid19.govt.nz/be-prepared